A naturally virtuous industry

From the farm to the factory, the French dairy industry has long been committed to three aspects of sustainable development: economic, environmental and social.

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A naturally virtuous industry
Processing: ever more guarantees

Monks in the Middle Ages and industrial processors in the present day have all shared the same processing methods and challenges: managing the natural rhythm of milk’s metamorphoses, ensuring product quality and safety, and providing consumers with ever more guarantees.

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Processing: ever more guarantees
At the heart of our diet

Milk has the unique ability to be transformed into a variety of dairy products: yoghurts, cheeses, cream, and so on. These products are at the heart of our diets, appreciated for their taste and nutritional features.

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At the heart of our diet
50 facts about the French dairy industry

The French dairy industry is a key driver of the French economy, recording a trade surplus of €4.3 billion in 2012. With 250,000 jobs across France, the industry generates revenues of €25 billion.

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50 facts about the French dairy industry

The milk industry: a major contributor to the French economy.

25.3 billion 

sales in 2011
The French milk industry is a key asset to the national economy, representing one-fifth of agri-food revenues as the second-largest contributor in this sector after meat.

 

The Dairy Economy in Figures

Published every spring, this report provides a wide range of annual data on dairy production, trade and product manufacturing in France, Europe and worldwide.

Main trends in 2013

  • France

    French milking output dropped by 0.3% to 23.7 billion litres in 2013. After experiencing a decrease in the first semester of the year, output nonetheless started recovering from the summer of 2013, continuing into the beginning of 2014.

    Due to this drop, a sharp decrease was also registered in milk powder manufacturing, and to a lesser extent, butter and fresh dairy products. Manufacturing of drinking milk and cheese slightly increased.

    As in 2012, foreign trade reached a record €4.3 billion for milk and milk-based products.

  • European Union

    Standing at 141 million tonnes, cow’s milk collection increased by 1.1% in 2013 compared to 2012.

    Some countries, such as Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Denmark, were particularly dynamic and even exceeded their quotas for the 2013/2014 period.

    It is also worth mentioning that farm-milk prices recovered in the different European countries in 2013 compared to 2012.

  • Worldwide

    In the main milk-producing countries supplying the world market, the changes in milk production over the year 2013 as a whole were mixed, with a slight rise in the United States and Europe, but a decrease in Australia and New Zealand.

    Dairy prices remained high due to global demand, especially from Asia, as well as the dwindling supply in the first semester, particularly in Oceania.