Top 15 Biggest Dairy Companies in USA

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  1. Dairy Farmers of America Inc. is a United States-based nationwide milk marketing cooperative. It is owned by and services about 14,500 dairy farmer-members from 48 states, representing over 8,500 dairy farms.


    Dairy Farmers of America is a cooperative, which implies that all of the farmers who make up the group are co-owners. DFA is made up of over 13,000 farmers in this example. DFA facilities process, package, and sell the milk produced by these farms.


    Borden Cheese, Breakstone's Butter, Cache Valley, Cass Clay, Craigs Creamery, Dairy Maid Dairy, Falfurrias Butter, Guida's Dairy, Keller's Creamery Butter, Kemps, La Vaquita, Live Real Farms, Oakhurst Dairy, Plugrá Butter, and Sport Shake are some of the co-most op's well-known products.


    The bulk of these firms is localized, sourcing their ingredients from farmers in the area they serve.


    Founded: 1998

    Headquarters: Kansas City, Kansas

    Annual Sales: $11.361 billion

    Website: www.dfamilk.com

    Video: Dairy Farmers of America's youtube channel
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  2. The organization aspires to be the world's best customer-brand dairy company. They intend to accomplish this by delivering excellent quality, service, innovation, and insight to consumers as a modern, global partner, all while enriching lives throughout the world.


    Despite the fact that the parent firm of this global food giant is situated in Switzerland, its American branch accounts for a significant portion of the American dairy market, and its milk and ice cream category is the corporation's fourth-highest-selling area.


    The ice cream business of Nestlé USA was sold to Froneri in 2020, and the annual results in this report reflect that.


    Carnation, Coffee-mate, Drumstick, Häagen-Dazs, Nesquik, and La Lechera are just a few of the company's dairy product names.


    From morning to night, the firm seeks to provide consumers with the greatest tasting, most nutritious options across a wide range of food and beverage categories and eating times.


    Founded: 1866
    Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia
    Annual Sales: $11.041 billion
    Website: www.nestle.com
    Video: Nestlé USA's youtube channel
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  3. One of the top 15 food and beverage corporations in the United States is Danone North America. The company has been working in the United States since 1997, but with the acquisition of WhiteWave Foods in 2017, its operations in the country rose dramatically.

    While the parent firm is headquartered in Paris, the North American Danone branch is located in White Plains, New York, as well as Broomfield, Colorado, where WhiteWave was situated.

    Activia, Danimals, Dannon, Horizon Organic, International Delight, Oikos, Left Field Farms, YoCrunch, and DanActive are some of Danone's well-known brands.


    Founded: 1977

    Headquarters: White Plains, New York, and Broomfield, Colorado

    Annual Sales: $6.52 billion

    Website: www.danonenorthamerica.com

    Video: Danone North America's youtube channel
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    Photo: danonenorthamerica.com
  4. Schreiber Foods Inc. is a dairy firm that makes and sells natural and processed cheeses, cream cheeses, and yogurt. It is a Green Bay, Wisconsin-based employee-owned customer-brand dairy firm.


    Schreiber Foods is a market leader in contract manufacturing and private labeling. Cream cheese, natural cheese, processed cheese, yogurt, dairy-based powders, and shelf-stable dairy products are their main goods, but they also create ghee, butter, ice cream, and sour cream.


    Customers of Schreiber include shops, restaurants, wholesalers, and food manufacturers from all around the world. The company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is also the home of the Wisconsin Cheeseheads.


    Founded: 1945
    Headquarters: Green Bay, Wisconsin
    Annual Sales: $5.0 billion
    Website: www.schreiberfoods.com

    Video: SchreiberFoods's youtube channel
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    Photo: dairyfoods.com
  5. The Kraft Heinz Company, also known as Kraft Heinz, is an American food company based in Chicago, Illinois, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the merging of Kraft Foods and Heinz.


    Kraft Heinz branding can be found on a range of items, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming the fifth-largest dairy corporation in the United States based solely on dairy product sales.


    Their dairy selection includes anything from Velveeta to natural variations like Cracker Barrel cheddar cheese. Philadelphia, Kraft, Athenos, Breakstone's cottage cheese, and sour cream, Cheese-Whiz, and Knudsen are some of their other well-known dairy product names.


    Founded: 2015

    Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Annual Sales: $4.89 billion

    Website: www.kraftheinzcompany.com

    Video: Kraft Heinz Ingredients's youtube channel
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  6. Conagra Brands is ranked sixth due to its Refrigerated and Frozen category, which primarily consists of dairy products but also includes certain non-dairy items.


    Marie Callender's, Pam, and Slim Jim are just a few of Conagra's well-known and even famous food trademarks.

    Reddi-Wip, Blue Bonnet, Parkay, Swiss Miss, Snack Pack, Wish-Bone, Healthy Choice, and Fleischmann's are their primary dairy brands.


    Whipped toppings, margarine and butter spreads, pudding, powdered milk-based drinks, and cream-based salad dressings are the principal goods of these companies.


    Founded: 1919
    Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
    Annual Sales: $4.56 billion
    Website: www.conagrabrands.com

    Video: Conagra Brands's youtube channel
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    Photo: Shutterstock
  7. Prairie Farms Dairy is a dairy cooperative that was started in Carlinville, Illinois, and is now located in Edwardsville, Illinois, a suburb of Greater St. Louis, 35 miles to the south. The mission of the organization is to produce high-quality consumer dairy products, meet customer expectations, give great patronage to farmer-owned cooperative members, and provide opportunities for growth and fulfillment throughout the Prairie Farms family.


    Prairie Farms Dairy is another Midwest-based cooperative with nearly 700 farm families. They manufacture products under their own brand name as well as for other labels on a contract basis. Belfonte, Hiland Dairy, North Star, St. Pete's Select, Amablu, Caves of Faribault, Mindoro Blue, and Mindoro Gorg are just a few of the famous brands they've partnered with.


    Founded: 1938

    Headquarters: Edwardsville, Illinois

    Annual Sales: $4.161 billion

    Website: www.prairiefarms.com

    Video: PrairieFarmsCorp's youtube channel
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    Photo: prairiefarms.com
  8. Both Land O'Lakes, Inc. and California Dairies, Inc. claimed sales of $4 billion in 2019. The Minnesota Cooperative Creameries Association, which became Land O'Lakes in 1921, is a cooperative that began in 1921. The association now has over 1,700 dairy farmers as members. The co-op produces products under their own private label and works with other labels such as Alpine Lace, Kozy Shack, and Vermont Creamery on a contract basis.


    Land O'Lakes, Inc. is a dairy-focused American member-owned agricultural cooperative headquartered in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills, Minnesota. The cooperative includes 1,959 direct producer members, 751 member cooperatives, and over 10,000 staff that process and distribute products for approximately 300,000 agricultural producers, processing 12 billion pounds of milk per year. On the National Cooperative Bank Co-op 100 list of mutuals and cooperatives, it is rated third. Through its dairy foods business, the co-op is one of the largest producers of butter and cheese in the United States; through its Purina Animal Nutrition (Purina Mills) business, the co-op serves producers, animal owners, and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers, and other large retailers; and delivers seed, crop protection products, agricultural services, and agronomic insights to 1,300 locally owned and operated cooperative and independent agronomic businesses.


    Founded: 1921
    Headquarters: Arden Hills, Minnesota
    Annual Sales: $4.0 billion
    Website: www.landolakesinc.com

    Video: Land O'Lakes Inc's youtube channel
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    Photo: GETTY IMAGES
  9. Land O'Lakes' nearest competitor in terms of sales is California Dairies, Inc., with $4.0 billion in revenue. California Dairies, which is also a dairy cooperative, was formed after three dairy processing cooperatives amalgamated and is now owned by over 400 families across the state.


    California Dairies, Inc. is a cooperative that markets and processes milk. It also makes butter, cream cheese, milk powders including nonfat dry milk and skims milk powders, milk protein concentrates, milk protein isolates, powder blends, and buttermilk powders, as well as fluid products like milk, cream, and condensed or ultra-filtered milk. In the United States and globally, the company serves the consumer retail, food service, private label, and food manufacturing industries. California Dairies, Inc. is based in Visalia, California, and was founded in 1999.


    The co-op sells its own brand of butter, milk powder, and milk, but it also undertakes contract production and owns Challenge Dairy Products, Inc., which owns the Challenge and Danish Creamery butter brands.


    Founded: 1999

    Headquarters: Visalia, California

    Annual Sales: $4.0 billion

    Website: www.californiadairies.com

    Video:Dairy Foods's youtube channel
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    Photo: californiadairies.com
  10. Because Unilever sells so many different goods, their ranking on this list is based on expected revenues from their Foods and Refreshment business, which includes several non-dairy products.


    Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Popsicle, Klondike, Good Humor, Magnum, and Talenti are just a few of the company's well-known frozen dairy product trademarks. Fruttare, Lipton, and Pure Leaf are also part of the Foods and Refreshment sector.

    The following product categories make up Unilever's foods and refreshment segment: ice cream; savory, such as soups, bouillons, and spices; dressings, such as mayonnaise and ketchup; and tea. The segment's revenue increased 4.4 percent year over year to €10.2 billion in the first half of FY 2021, accounting for approximately 40% of total revenue. Meanwhile, operating profit increased by 10.3% year over year to €1.7 billion, accounting for 38% of total revenue.



    Founded: 1929
    Headquarters: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
    Annual Sales: $3.9 billion
    Website: unilever.com

    Video: Unilever's youtube channel
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  11. The parent firm of Glanbia Nutritionals is situated in Kilkenny, Ireland, and its Avonmore brand is Ireland's number one dairy brand. Its U.S. division, on the other hand, is based in Chicago and specializes in contract manufacturing of various cheeses and whey protein powders for customers.


    Their roots can be traced back to Irish dairy cooperatives and farming. They started their company with a passion for healthy, natural foods, and that passion continues to guide all we do today. Its name literally translates to "clean food" in Irish.


    They've grown their portfolio tremendously from their humble beginnings and are now at the forefront of the nutritional market. But they haven't forgotten our beginnings. They continue to conduct business in the same straightforward manner, forming mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with their partners.


    They are now the world's leading provider of whey-based nutritional solutions, the leading maker of American-style cheese, and the world's second-largest producer of premixes. They've earned their place at the vanguard of the industry by investing not only in technology and insights but also in people—both Glanbia employees and customers.


    Founded: 1981

    Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

    Annual Sales: $3.5 billion

    Website: www.glanbianutritionals.com

    Video: Glanbia Nutritionals's youtube channel
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  12. Leprino Foods Company is a global leader in high-quality cheese production, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of mozzarella cheese, the world's largest producer of lactose, and a prominent supplier of whey protein and sweet whey. For pizzeria and foodservice operators, frozen food makers, and private label cheese packagers, Leprino Foods produces mozzarella, reduced-fat Monterey jack, provolone, reduced-fat cheddar, and other cheese mixes.


    They sell their products under their own brand as well as Ascent protein powders to other brands. They also work with companies all across the world on manufacturing and distribution.


    Over the last ten years, no one has invested more in dairy manufacturing facilities than Leprino Foods. Leprino Foods operates some of the world's largest, most modern, and technologically advanced manufacturing plants. Their clients reap the benefits of their innovation and economies of scale. Their facilities are meticulously planned and maintained to ensure that high-quality, healthy, and safe cheese, whey, and dairy products are produced.


    Founded: 1950
    Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
    Annual Sales: $3.5 billion
    Website: leprinofoods.com

    Video: mpsdairycalpoly's youtube channel
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  13. Kroger is most recognized for operating the largest grocery store chain in the United States, but it also manufactures a variety of food items. Milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, dips, ice cream, and other frozen dairy delicacies, whipping cream, and cheese are among their dairy products.


    Kroger, Murray's, Private Selection, and Simple Truth are among the Kroger food brands, as are several more regional names offered in their stores.


    Kroger's employees come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. The corporation has a female-to-male ratio of 48.2% and a minority-to-minority ratio of 34.9 percent. Employees at Kroger are slightly more likely to be Democratic Party members than Republican Party members, with 60.0 percent identifying as Democratic Party members. Despite their political disagreements, Kroger employees appear to be content. The organization boasts a high employee retention rate, with employees remaining on for an average of 3.5 years. Kroger's typical employee earns $31,512 per year. In comparison, Rite Aid, Roundy's, and Dollar General pay $41,638, $37,600, and $36,754, respectively, as some of its highest-paying competitors.


    Kroger, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a market leader with 443,000 employees and $121.2 billion in yearly revenue.


    Founded: 1883

    Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio

    Annual Sales: $3.3 billion

    Website: www.thekrogerco.com

    Video: Kroger's youtube channel
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    Photo: cincinnati.com
  14. Great Lakes Cheese is a privately held firm that manufactures cheeses under its own brand as well as Adams Reserve. Rico Mia, American Accent, and Thoughtful Organics are among the company's other brands.


    Great Lakes Cheese
    concentrates on cheese products, whether natural, processed, or specialty cheeses, as its name suggests. Some of the company's specialist items are sourced from Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, and Norway.

    Great Lakes Cheese
    has a long and illustrious history. It was established in 1958. This well-established corporation prefers to hire Kent State University graduates, with 30.8 percent of its workforce having attended the university. Great Lakes Cheese is a fantastic place to work, ranking first on Zippia's list of the Best Companies to Work For in Hiram, OH. Great Lakes Cheese pays its employees an average of $33,202 per year. Great Lakes Cheese's pay is much lower than that of some of its most well-paid competitors, such as Leprino Foods Company, Turtle Wax, and Ohio Packing, which pay $51,963, $45,615, and $43,873, respectively.

    With 2,600 people and $1 billion in yearly revenue, Great Lakes Cheese, based in Ohio, is a major participant in the manufacturing business.


    Founded: 1958
    Headquarters: Hiram, Ohio
    Annual Sales: $3.25 billion
    Website: www.greatlakescheese.com

    Photo: Great Lakes Cheese
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  15. Lactalis is an international dairy products firm established in Laval, Mayenne, France, and controlled by the Besnier family. Besnier SA was the company's previous name. It is the world's largest dairy products company and France's second-largest food goods company, behind Danone.


    Lactalis is a well-known business. It first opened its doors in 1933. With 23.3 percent of its employees having attended the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, this time-tested corporation loves to hire the University of Wisconsin - Platteville grads. Lactalis pays its employees an average of $50,217 per year. Neenah, Energizer, and Valspar, for example, pay $55,758, $55,006, and $53,694, respectively, as some of its highest-paying competitors.

    Lactalis
    , based in the United States, is a market leader with 75,000 employees and $19.6 billion in yearly revenue.
    Lactalis
    has now spread all over the world, with their North American division ranking among the top 15 dairy companies in the United States. The company's declared goal, regardless of which country they operate in, is to support local farmers and food traditions.

    Stonyfield Organic, Green Mountain Creamery, Siggi's, Karoun, Black Diamond, Parmalat, Galbani, and Président are some of their U.S. brands. Many of these brands specialize in cheeses and yogurts, but milk and other dairy products are also available.


    Founded: 1993

    Headquarters: Buffalo, New York

    Annual Sales: $3.018 billion

    Website: www.lactalis.fr

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