GLOBAL - The world's top 20 processors collect 200 million tons milk equivalent (ME) per year, amounting to 25.4 per cent of milk produced worldwide.
IFCN, the Dairy Research Network, collated the figures, which rank the processor giants of the world by milk intake volume.
Farmers of America lead the ranking in the IFCN Top 20 Milk Processors list with a milk intake of 28.1 mill t ME in 2015.
The international cooperation Müller and Arla increased its intake about 1.7-2.0 mill t ME and so upgrade their position in the list since 2014.
The German processor DMK gained in the ranking, by the acquisition of the Dutch DOC Kaas company and adding 1 mill t ME to the milk intake.
There are new entries in the top 20 list, Agropur and Schreiber Foods, interestingly both placed in the North American market.
However, it is not only western processors that are key players in the dairy world. Amul from India and Yili and Mengniu from China collect together 19.1 mill t ME of milk, nearly 10 per cent of the top 20 processors.
Turn-over per kg of processed milk ranges between 0.5-2.4 USD per kg in 2015, when Nestlé and Danone ranked highest and DFA and California Dairies ranked lowest.
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