The value of U.S. dairy exports reached nearly 6-billion last year. That's an 8% jump over 2018 and a 25% increase over the last three years.The Dairy Foods Association saying it's a level not seen since the high-water mark of 2014. Total volume was down 7% from 2018. Declines in volume exports were attributed to lost sales of whey and lactose to China due to tariffs and African swine fever.
Cheese export volumes were up 3% last year, the most in 5-years. And whole milk sales also seeing some improvement in 2019. DairyFoods.com is reporting whole milk was the only category to see positive grown last year up more than 2.5% in dollar and unit sales.
Data from IRI,a Chicago-based market research firm, shows four brands even posted double-digit gains. They are Cream O Land Dairy, Fairlife, Hood Lactaid, and Danone. Two of the top 10 whole-milk brands lost sales last year including Dean Foods' DairyPure, which lost 4.6% of unit sales last year.