Yoghurt is a fresh dairy food made from milk that has fermented due to lactic bacteria. It contains protein and vitamins, and is also a rich source of calcium. The flavor and color is modified by adding various ingredients, for example fruit. Popular yoghurt types on the market are low fat and no-fat yoghurt, drinking yoghurt, organic yoghurt and frozen yoghurt. Manufacturers such as Danone, Lactalis or Arla Foods are providing yoghurt to customers all over Europe.
Fresh dairy products, which include not only yoghurt, but also fermented milk, fresh cream and milk-based desserts, were produced with a volume of 47 million tons in the European Union in 2015, forecasted to grow by roughly 2 million tons to a volume of 48 million tonnes in 2025. More specifically, Sweden produces over 245 thousand tons of yoghurt and other fermented milk products every year. In Denmark, the amount of yoghurt produced in 2015 was 82 thousand tons. That year, Germany produced 559.8 thousand tons of yoghurt. Its neighbor, Belgium, manufactured roughly 55 million liters of yoghurt/a> in 2016.
The Italian company Parmalat Group, which also specializes in dairy food, generated revenues of roughly 6.5 billion euros in 2016. The company operates Europe-wide. In Italy it supplies customers with yoghurt and other fresh dairy products branded as Parmalat, Kyr, Jeunesse and Malù. It is also a subsidiary of the leading French dairy company Lactalis, which generated a turnover of 16.5 billion euros in 2015. The Danish-Swedish dairy company Arla Foods is also among the largest dairy manufacturers in Europe and generated nearly 60 percent of its revenue in Denmark with fresh dairy products. About the same share was recorded for the company’s revenue generated in Central Europe. In Finland, the share was even higher, with 64 percent of Arla Foods’ Finnish revenue leading back to fresh dairy products.
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