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Dairy Food Giants to Watch in 2019

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Posted by: Quenton Lind on January 17, 2019 at 9:35 AM

The Dairy Foods Magazine's Dairy 100 List covers the top dairy companies in North America. This list includes brands, products made, and plant locations for the largest processors of fluid milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, cultured dairy products, dairy ingredients, and other dairy-derived foods and beverages. 

This is a syndication of the full article from the Dairy Foods Magazine website.

NotableS from the Top 100 list

The latest tabulation of the list revealed continuing changes occurring in the dairy industry. The industry is constantly in motion with partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions. The most notable is the merger between Dannon and WhiteWave, which reached the top 5 this year at #4. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Dairy 100 companies - we look forward to watching you grow in 2019 and seeing who comes out on top of next year's list (expected to publish in fall 2019).

Here's a quick overview of the top 10 dairy companies. You can find the full Dairy 100 list here

Top 10 Dairy Companies:

1. Nestlé USA

Annual Sales (in millions): $14,079.0.

Nestle Dairy brands include: Christie, Del Monte, Dreyer’s, Dreyer’s Slow Churned, Edy’s, Edy’s Slow Churned, Häagen-Dazs, Nesquik, Nestlé/ Nestlé Ice Cream, Nestlé Agüitas, Nestlé Dibs, Nestlé Dolcetto, Nestlé Drumstick, Nestlé Eskimo Pie, Nestlé La Lechera, Nestlé La Leche Clavel, Nestlé Pureza Vita, Nestlé Push-Up, Purina Frosty Paws, Outshine, Skinny Cow, Carnation Breakfast Essentials, Coffee-mate, Coffee-mate natural bliss, Wonka and more

2. Saputo Inc.

Annual Sales (in millions): $8,268.6

Saputo Inc. Dairy brands include: Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, COON, Dairyland, DairyStar, Friendship Dairies, Frigo Cheese Heads, La Paulina, Milk2Go/Lait’s Go, Neilson, Nutrilait, Stella, Sungold, Treasure Cave, Woolwich Dairy. Trademarks used under licence: Cracker Barrel, Scotsburn

3. Dean Foods Co.

Annual Sales (in millions): $7,795.0

Dean Foods Co. Dairy brands include: Alta Dena, Arctic Splash, Barbers Dairy, Barbe’s, Berkeley Farms, Broughton, Brown Cow, Brown’s Dairy, Caribou (licensed brand), Chug, Country Fresh, Country Love, Creamland, DairyPure, Dean’s, Fieldcrest, Friendly's, Fruit Rush, Gandy’s, Garelick Farms, Hygeia, Jilbert, Knudsen (licensed brand) Land O Lakes (licensed brand), Land-O-Sun & design, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, Louis Trauth Dairy Inc., Mayfield, McArthur, Meadow Brook, Meadow Gold, Mile High Ice Cream, Model Dairy, Morning Glory, Nature’s Pride, Nurture, Nutty Buddy, Oak Farms, Orchard Pure, Organic Valley (licensed joint venture), Over the Moon, Pet (licensed brand), Pog (licensed brand), Price’s, Purity, ReadyLeaf, Reiter, Robinson, Schepps, Stroh’s, Swiss Dairy, Swiss Premium, TruMoo, T.G. Lee, Turtle Tracks, Tuscan, Uncle Matt's Organic, Viva

Dean Foods acquired an organic juice company called Uncle Matt’s Organic in late June. That deal came with two benefits: it gives the milk processor access to customers for nondairy beverages, and it allows the dairy company to play in the growing organic foods space. It’s a move other fluid milk processors might want to emulate.

4. Danone North America

Annual Sales (in millions): $6,000.0

DanoneWave Dairy brands include: Activia, Danimals, Dannon, Dan-o-nino, Earthbound Farm, Horizon Organic, International Delight, Light & Fit, Oikos, Silk, So Delicious, Vega, Wallaby, YoCream, YoCrunch 

When Danone purchased WhiteWave, the yogurt maker acquired a portfolio of nondairy beverages, positioning the dairy processor for long-term success as sales of plant-based “milks” continue to climb.

5. Kraft Heinz Co.

Annual Sales (in millions): $5,482.0

Kraft Heinz Co. Dairy brands include: Athenos, Breakstone’s, Cracker Barrel, Knudsen, Kraft, Kraft Amooza, Kraft Cheese-Whiz, Kraft Natural Cheese, Kraft Singles, Kraft Velveeta, Philadelphia, P'tit Quebec, Polly-O, Singles, Touch of Philadelphia

6. Schreiber Foods

Annual Sales (in millions): $5,000.0

Schreiber Foods Dairy brands include: Schreiber, School Choice, Cooper, Clearfield Deli, La Feria, Menu, American Heritage, Pauly, Raskas, Ready-cut

7. Agropur

Annual Sales (in millions): $4,601.8

Agropur Dairy brands include: Agropur Grand Cheddar, Agropur Import Collection, Agropur Signature, Allegro, ANCO, BiPro, Central Dairies, Dairytown, Damafro, Farmers, Iceberg, iögo (joint venture with Ultima Foods), Island Farms, Lucerne, Masters Reserve, Natrel, Northumberland, Oka, Olympic, Québon, Schroeder, Scotsburn, Sealtest

8. Dairy Farmers of America inc.

Annual Sales (in millions): $4,082.8

Dairy Farmers of America Inc. Dairy brands include: Borden (used under license for cheese and butter), Breakstone’s (used under license for butter), Cache Valley Creamery, California Gold, Cass-Clay Creamery, Cumberland Dairy, Dairy Maid Dairy, Falfurrias, Guida’s Milk, Hotel Bar, Keller’s Creamery, Kemps, La Vaquita, Oakhurst Dairy, Plugra, Sport Shake, private labels

9. Land o' Lakes inc.

Annual Sales (in millions): $3,900.0

Land O' Lakes Inc. Dairy brands include: Alpine Lace, Land O’Lakes, Kozy Shack, Sauté Express Seasoned Meal Starter

10. The Kroger Co.

Annual Sales (in millions): $3,581.0

The Kroger Co. Dairy brands include: Kroger, Private Selection, Simple Truth, Turkey Hill, regional banner brands

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