The Indian dairy sector contributes 23% to global milk production , and contributes up to 4% of India’s GDP. Let’s have a look at the Top 10 Dairy Companies in India.
The Indian dairy sector is the largest globally, contributing 23% to global milk production. The dairy sector contributes up to 4% of India’s GDP. It is one of the finest ways for Indian farmers to get extra money, making it one of the most well-liked occupations in rural areas nationwide. It has been practiced for many years throughout India, leading to India providing 20% of the world’s milk supply. Milk is used as the industry’s primary raw material, and its finished products include butter, cheese, cream, condensed milk, dried milk, packaged milk, ice cream, etc.
In 2022, India’s dairy sector was worth INR 14,899.8 billion, and it aims to build a $355 billion industry by 2025. Let’s look at the biggest players in India’s dairy sector. The milk output in India is predicted to increase to 108 million tonnes by 2025. In the next four to five years, there is a ton of room for growth in the milk processing and milk product manufacturing industries.
In this article we will take a look at the Top 10 Dairy Companies in India.
List of Top 10 Dairy Companies in India
- Founders: Verghese Kurien, Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel
- MD: Jayenbhai Mehta (January 2023)
- Headquarters: Anand
- Revenue: 52,000 crores INR (US$6.5 billion, 2022)
- Founded: 14 December 1946
- Subsidiaries: Dudhsagar Dairy, Banas Dairy, Kapila Dairy
One of India’s top 10 dairy companies, Amul India, is an Indian dairy state government cooperative society based in Anand, Gujarat. Formed in 1946, it is a cooperative brand managed by Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF).
Amul, the cooperative was formed as a response to the exploitation of marginal milk producers by agents and traders of the existing dairy in the state. The cooperative has gone from strength to strength, on the back of inspired leadership of Tribhuvandas Patel, the founder Chairman and Dr Verghese Kurien, who was entrusted with the task of running the dairy from 1950.
Amul is the parent company of numerous brands, including Amul Milk, Bread Spreads, Cheese, Beverage Range, Amul PRO, Ghee, and Dahi. Anand, Gujarat, serves as the company’s headquarters. India’s “White Revolution,” sparked by Amul, made it the world’s top producer of milk and dairy products.
- Founded: 1974
- Headquarters: Noida
- Parent organization: National Dairy Development Board
- Subsidiary: Safal
- Revenue: 11,000 crores INR ($1.6 Billion, 2020)
Mother Dairy was commissioned in 1974 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). It was an initiative under Operation Flood, the world’s biggest dairy development program launched to make India a milk-sufficient nation.
Today, Mother Dairy manufactures, markets and sells a wide range of products under the umbrella name Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd, including ice cream, ghee, paneer, pickles, and many more goods. The company initially concentrated mostly on Delhi, NCR. Later, it expanded its operations into further cities.
Parag Milk Foods Ltd
- Founded: 1992
- Founder: Mr. Devendra Shah
- Headquarters: Mumbai
- Subsidiary: Bhagyalaxmi Dairy Farms Private Limited
- Revenue: 2034 crores INR (US$246 million, March 2022)
Parag Milk Foods Ltd, founded in 1992, is one of India’s elite private sector dairy company, with a diverse portfolio in over 15 consumer-centric product categories. The company has its headquarters in Mumbai, India.
Parag Milk Foods manufactures and processes milk and milk-related products. Its product portfolio includes ghee, fresh milk, skim milk powder, whole milk powder, paneer, an array of processed and natural cheese, cheese spreads, butter, dahi, dairy whitener, and gulab jamun mix under the brand names of ‘Gowardhan’ and ‘Go’.
The company launched the Go brand in 2009, Pride of Cows in 2012, and Topp Up in 2013. In 2015, the company began producing whey protein powder and, since then has launched branded protein powder products as well.
The Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Milma)
- Founded: April 1980
- Founder: Government of Kerala
- Headquarters: Thiruvananthapuram
- Owner: Ministry of Cooperation, Government of Kerala
- Revenue: ₹4,300 crore (2021-22 provisional)
Well-known by its trade name ‘Milma’, Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (KCMMF) was formed in 1980. It is headquartered in the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram.
From the different units managed directly by KCMMF and the various units under regional unions, MILMA produces and distributes pasteurized Vitamin-A enriched milk and various milk-based products as well as mango drink throughout the state.
Milma has also expanded its market reach by forging tie-ups with institutions such as KTDC, KSRTC, Supplyco, Kudumbashree, Devaswom Boards and various government departments.
Schreiber Dynamix Dairies Ltd
- Founded: April 1992
- Founder: K. M. Goenka
- Headquarters: Baramati, Dist. Pune
- Revenue: 1170 crore (2021)
In 1992 Mr. K. M. Goenka founded a company producing quality milk products from cow milk. In 2004, USA-based internationally renowned dairy giant Schreiber Foods acquired a 51% stake in Dynamix Dairies Ltd. to form a leading dairy product company Schreiber Dynamix Dairies Ltd.
It processes over a million liters of cow’s milk a day. It is associated with renowned companies like Nestle, Britania, Danone & PepsiCo to produce and package a variety of dairy products, as well as other edibles. The company supplies a wide range of dairy products, including cheese, butter, dairy whitener, lactose, casein, whey protein concentrate, whey powder, baby food, and UHT products.
Mehsana District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd (Dudhsagar Dairy)
- Founded: 1963
- Headquarters: Mehsana, Gujarat, India
- Parent organization: Amul
- Revenue: Rs 6,028 crore (2021-22)
Founded in 1963, The Mehsana District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd. (MDCMPU), popularly known as Dudhsagar Dairy, is a division of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation which is under the ownership of the Ministry of Cooperation of the Government of Gujarat.
MDCMPU also manages the Dudhmansagar Dairy in Manesar, the Dudhmotisagar Dairy in Dharuhera, and the plant in Mehsana.
In national and international markets, Dudhsagar products are sold under the brand names AMUL, SAGAR, and DUDHSAGAR. Pasteurized liquid milk, Butter Milk, Table Butter, Skim Milk, Whole Milk, Ghee, Dairy Whitener, Infant Milk Powder, Masti Dahi, Paneer, Shrikhand, and sterilized flavored milk are all included in the product line.
Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Ltd (Nandini)
- Founded: 1974
- Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- Owner: Ministry of Cooperation, Government of Karnataka
- Parent: Government of Karnataka
- Website: kmfnandini.coop
Karnataka Dairy Development Cooperation (KDDC) started in Karnataka on cooperative lines with the organisation of Village Level Dairy Cooperatives in 1974. Later on, in 1984, the KDDC became Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF).
The KMF has more than 140 milk products under its belt. Its Brand, “Nandini,” is the household name for Pure and Fresh milk and milk products. KMF has 16 Milk Unions covering all the districts of the State, which procure milk from Primary Dairy Cooperative Societies(DCS) and distribute milk to the consumers in Karnataka. KMF markets mainline milk products like Ghee and UHT milk (Goodlife). Exporting Milk products to the USA, Middle Eastern countries and Australia.
Tamilnadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Ltd (Aavin)
- Founded: 1958
- Headquarters: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Revenue: ₹5,994 crore (US$750 million) (2018-19)
- Owner: Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Limited.
- Website: aavin.tn.gov.in
The Dairy Development Department was established in Tamil Nadu in 1958 to oversee and regulate milk production and commercial distribution in the state. The Dairy Development Department took over control of the milk cooperatives. It was replaced by the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Limited in 1981.
It is now an apex body of 17 District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Unions located at Aavin Illam, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur District, and has three dairy plants. Under the name “Aavin,” the business sells milk and milk-related products. It is the biggest company in Tamil Nadu and among the best in India’s dairy industry.
Creamline Dairy Products Ltd (Jersey Dairy)
- Founded: 1986
- Founders: K Bhasker Reddy and D Chandra Shekhar Reddy
- Headquarters: Hyderabad
- Revenue: Rs393 crore (2021-22)
In 1986, Creamline Dairy Products Ltd. was established. With operations across Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Nagpur in Maharashtra, the company is now a major private dairy operator in Southern India.
Having rebranded as Godrej Jersey from Jersey, Creamline Dairy Products Ltd (CDPL), its products are sold under the “Jersey” brand name. During the last fiscal year, the company, under the brand name Godrej Jersey, launched new variants of Jersey Recharge energy drink, fruit yogurt, paneer, and ghee.
There are 34 milk chilling centers and eight associate milk chilling centers in the company’s outstanding infrastructure, all of which are located in key areas. Ongole has 84 bulk milk cooling units, six composite dairy plants, and a cutting-edge milk powder facility.
Telangana State Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Ltd
- Founded: 1960
- Headquarters: Secunderabad, Telangana
- Chairman: Soma Bharath Kumar
Telangana State Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Ltd was founding in 1960, as Andhra Pradesh Dairy Development Cooperative Federation (APDDCF). On 5th-May-2016-The Telangana State Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Ltd (TSDDCF) was registered after the formation of Telangana as a separate state.
Since its foundation, it offers a wide spectrum of milk products in India under the brand name VIJAYA. It also manufactures products such as Sterilized Flavoured Milk, indigenous unripened cheese, desiccated sweets, and Buttermilk.
The federation manufactures high-quality milk products and distributes them across the country. TSDDCF provides efficient milk pickup and minimal support price to the producers. The company’s milk products are sold under the Vijaya brand name.
Note: Most information has been sourced from company websites. This list of Top 10 Dairy Companies in India, is neither exhaustive nor ranked according to the order of importance. Sales figure data is mentioned only for those companies for which information is available in the public domain.