Dairy Products

Milk is big business in Africa – driven by a rising economy, changing consumer tastes and increasing demand for protein

The dairy processing value chain – from distributors, processors, retailers and suppliers – are critical in the growth of many economies in the Continent.

The demand for fresh and UHT milk products, fermented products (yoghurt, traditional varieties), cheese, butter, ghee, dairy drinks and other products are increasing in sub-Saharan Africa at a significant rate. The region is also a big importer of milk powder for direct consumption or to be reconstituted into packaged milk to meet shortfall in local production of milk.

High value products including yoghurt, cheese and butter offer excellent growth potential as consumers adopt new consumption habits, which are partially driven by the emergence of international retailers, hotels and foodservice players in the Continent.

AFMASS Conferences & Expos provide dairy industry in sub-Saharan Africa with a one-stop shop to source solutions that reduce costs of and simplify formulations; improve efficiency of production, packaging, and supply chain; increase food safety and regulatory compliance; and reduce environmental impact of the industry.

Apart from locally-owned dairy companies, a number of international giants including Danone, FrieslandCampina, Nestle, Fonterra and Parmalat are active in the major countries in the Continent. It is expected that their entry and growth will drive further growth and sophistication of the sector going forward.

While the traditional giant, Kenya’s dairy industry has realised a lot of value from local production – but where huge opportunties to drive value still exist – countries like Uganda, Zambia, SudanNigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, among others, offer new opportunities for those with interest in the dairy industry due to their rising economies, urbanisation and an increasing demand for protein from the young, rising populations.