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Dairy Products Manufacturers

SIC 2020 | NAICS 311500

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Dairy Product Production  (view report)
Cheese Production  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

BNP Media
Diary Foods Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the dairy processing industry, with special features including the "State of the Industry Report" (November issue) which examines the prospects for the fluid milk, cheese, ice cream, cultured products, and butter categories and the "The Dairy 100 List" which ranks the top North American processors based on finished product sales (August issue).

Dairy Products Manufacturing

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

United States Department of Agriculture
Information resources available from this organization include:

Dairy Products
Monthly report provides detailed statistics on production, shipments, inventory, and prices by product (e.g., butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, condensed and dry milk products, and whey and modified whey products) for the most recent month with comparisons to the previous month and the same time period in the prior year for trending purposes. Monthly report is accessible free online.

Dairy Data
Data section provides detailed statistics on U.S. supply, demand, and trade of various products, with data sets provided including milk production, fluid milk sales quantities, milk supply and utilization by product, supply and allocation of milk fats and skim solids by product, number and annual production volume of fluid milk product plants, and per capita annual consumption estimates for major products.

National Milk Producers Federation
Dairy Market Report

Monthly report analyzes trends in production, inventories, commercial use, imports and exports, and commodity and retail prices by product category (e.g., fluid milk, butter, cheese, nonfat dry milk, skim milk powder, dry whey, and whey protein concentrate) for the most recent period available compared to the same time period in the prior year. Monthly reports can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Freedonia Group
Dairy Products

Freedonia Focus market research report analyzes demand and shipments at the manufacturer level, with data provided in this report including historical and forecast shipments by product segment (e.g., fluid milk, cream, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter, and other products such as dry, condensed, and evaporated milk) and industry leaders profiled including Nestlé SA, Saputo Inc., and Dean Foods Co.

GIA Research
Dairy Products

Comprehensive market research report provides a detailed analysis of this product sector in the U.S. and selected other countries, with information provided in this report including historical and forecast annual sales by product segment (e.g., fluid milk, milk powder, butter, cream, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese) and firms profiled including Nestlé SA, Saputo Inc., Dean Foods Company, and Danone SA.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Dairy Product Manufacturers  Search for "3115" to see reports for specific products

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Dairy Product Production
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Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenues for companies that manufacture milk-based products (e.g., pasteurized liquid, buttermilk, cottage cheese, heavy cream, dips, eggnog, flavored drinks), frozen products (e.g., ice cream, sherbet, gelato, tofu, novelties), cheese, butter, and dry, condensed, and evaporated milk.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Dairy Product Manufacturing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as plant manager, production manager, production supervisor, packaging or filling machine operator, and quality assurance technician, with employers for which wage data is provided including Darigold, Inc., Dean Foods Company, Saputo Inc., Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., and Dairy Farmers of America Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dairy Product Manufacturing

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for job positions employed by organizations that manufacture milk-based products (e.g., pasteurized liquid, buttermilk, cottage cheese, heavy cream, dips, eggnog, flavored drinks), frozen products (e.g., ice cream, sherbet, gelato, tofu, novelties), cheese, butter, and dry, condensed, and evaporated milk.

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