Cream of the crop: Growing demand for fresh milk in export markets has boosted revenue

The Milk and Cream Processing industry has grown strongly over the past five years, despite volatile conditions in the domestic market. Rising demand for Australian milk in export markets has boosted industry revenue over the period. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 8.5% over the five years through 2018-19, to $3.0 billion. Industry revenue is expected to decline 5.6% in 2018-19, as low annual rainfall in both 2017-18 and 2018-19 lower milk production. Industry profitability has fallen over the past five years as operating costs have increased.Intense price competition among the major supermarket chains has led to private-label milk products being priced at $1.00 per litre, changing the way milk processors more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry revenue has grown strongly over the past five years, despite a volatile domestic market
  • Rising operating costs and retail-level price competition have reduced profit margins for many firms
  • Export markets are projected to provide growth opportunities over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Milk and Cream Processing industry processes fresh raw cow's milk to produce drinking milk and edible cream products. Products manufactured by the industry can be classified into four main segments: whole milk, low-fat milk, UHT milk and cream.Whole milkWhole milk refers to milk without additives, collected directly from the dairy herd. Like other milk products, whole milk undergoes processing techniques such as pasteurisation, sterilisation and homogenisation to remove any potentially harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria or mould. As dietary health trends have moved towards sugar avoidance and away from reducing fat intake, whole milk consumption has seen a slight resurgence over the past five years. Con...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Milk and Cream Processing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Milk and Cream Processing are:

  • Market research and understanding
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Use of production techniques that add value to base product(s)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of milk and Milk production in the Milk and Cream Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Milk and Cream Processing Industry?

    Industry operators primarily pasteurise and separate raw milk to make milk and cream products with varying amounts of fat content. The industry excludes cultured buttermilk, flavoured milk (whole and skim), sour cream and yoghurt manufacturing.

    Industry Products
  • Whole milk
  • Low and reduced-fat milk
  • UHT milk
  • Cream
  • Industry Activities
  • Pasteurised cream (except canned)
  • Low-fat milk
  • Pasteurised milk
  • Skim milk
  • Whole milk
  • UHT milk
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of milk
  • Milk production
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Milk consumption

  • Current Performance
  • Milk prices
  • Supermarket milk wars
  • Dairy inquiry
  • International trade
  • Production and demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand opportunities
  • Price and production
  • Future challenges
  • Table: Milk and Cream Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Milk and Cream Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Dairy Produce Wholesaling
  • Catering Services
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Cafes and Coffee Shops

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Cattle Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Whole milk
  • Low and reduced-fat milk
  • UHT milk
  • Cream
  • Chart: Milk and Cream Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Health concerns
  • Innovation

  • Major Markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Grocery wholesalers
  • Export markets
  • Convenience stores
  • Food-service establishments
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Milk and Cream Processing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Milk and Cream Processing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Milk and Cream Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Lactalis Australia Pty Ltd, Lion Pty Ltd, Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd, RF Group Holdings Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Lactalis Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Lion Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: RF Group Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Milk and Cream Processing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Milk and Cream Processing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
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  • Private-Label
  • Products manufactured by one company for sale under another company's brand, typically a supermarket retailer. Private-label products tend to be cheaper than manufacturers' branded products.
  • Uht Milk
  • Milk that is heated at ultra-high temperatures during processing.
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