World Dairy Product Production

Published 27 February 17

  • The production of all dairy products increased globally between 2013 and 2014 except for whey and evaporated and condensed milk. Whey was down 85 thousand tonnes (3.2%) and evaporated and condensed milk was down 35 thousand tonnes (0.7%).
  • Cheese saw the largest increase in production globally, up 791 thousand tonnes (3.6%) between 2013 and 2014.
World Production 2014
(thousand tonnes) Butter & Ghee Cheese SMP & Buttermilk WMP Evaporated Milk & Condensed Milk Whey
TOTAL 9,978 22,652 3,787 3,597 5,046 2,605
             
USA 846 5,585 1,007 47 1,041 394
India 3,798 2 200 7 1 1
China 97 253 0 N/A 134 N/A
Brazil 104 47 N/A 612 58 N/A
Germany 441 2,741 317 84 431 349
Russian Federation 253 664 50 50 141 N/A
France 405 1,886 273 190 117 619
New Zealand 472 325 401 1,205 2 25
Pakistan 726 N/A 7 N/A 4 N/A
Turkey 212 204 N/A N/A 1 33

Source: FAOSTAT

Note: N/A indicates that FAOSTAT has no recorded data. A zero indicates no production or <1,000 tonnes per annum.

The table above shows the dairy product production of the world’s top ten cow milk producing countries in 2014, ranked in descending order, with the USA being the largest producer (for more information on world milk production click here).

In 2014, nearly 10 million tonnes of butter and ghee were produced in the world, an increase of 163 thousand tonnes (1.7%) compared with 2013. India remains the largest producer of butter and ghee, contributing 38% of the total global production.

Cheese remains the most abundant processed dairy product. World cheese production has increased 791 thousand tonnes (3.6%) in 2014 compared with 2013, standing at 22.7 million tonnes.  The USA is a major producer of cheese, producing almost 5.6 million tonnes in 2014, about a quarter of world cheese production.

WMP, SMP and buttermilk all increased slightly between 2013 and 2014. Whey production was down 3.2% on the year, and evaporated and condensed milk also marginally decreased, down 0.7%.

For information on other dairy products and more historic data click here.

World Dairy product production