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Top 10 meat and dairy producers (by company, global)

GRAIN's picture

We are looking for a list of the top 10 beef, dairy and sheepmeat producers worldwide - by company, not by country - for a report we are preparing on livestock and climate. 2014 data is ok. Thanks if anyone can point us to anything, it's kind of urgent!
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Lauren Bandy's picture


Not sure how much help this will be, but below are the top 20 dairy and meat companies based on retail sales globally, 2015. This is looking at end products purchased by the consumer, i.e. cheese and chicken nuggets, rather than livestock, but hope it's of some interest. The data is from private research firm Euromonitor, which I have access to for my PhD research.



Top 20 Dairy Companies (2015)
Danone, Groupe
Lactalis, Groupe
Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd
Nestlé SA
China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd
Kraft Heinz Co
Arla Foods Amba
Royal FrieslandCampina NV
Unilever Group
Yakult Honsha Co Ltd
General Mills Inc
Savencia Fromage & Dairy
Bel, Groupe
Meiji Holdings Co Ltd
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd
Bright Food (Group) Co Ltd
Grupo Lala SAB de CV
WhiteWave Foods Co
Saputo Inc
Dean Foods Co

Top 20 Processed Meat Companies (2015)
WH Group
Tyson Foods Inc
Kraft Heinz Co
Hormel Foods Corp
Nomad Foods Ltd
Nestlé SA
Sigma Alimentos SA de CV
Bolton Group, The
Maple Leaf Foods Inc
Fleury Michon, Groupe
Brf Brasil Foods SA
Thai Union Frozen Products PCL
People's Food Holdings Ltd
Itoham Yonekyu Holdings Inc
ConAgra Foods Inc
Johnsonville Sausage LLC
Danish Crown Amba
NH Foods Ltd
Bigard SA, Groupe
Nortura SA

Source/reference: Euromonitor International (2016)
Notes: Company ranking based on global retail value sales for 2015
Dairy includes milk, yoghurt and cheese, but not products that are sold unprocessed (e.g. raw milk)
Processed meat excludes fresh whole meat and only includes processed products (e.g. chicken nuggets, sausages and ham)