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Australia 29.01.2024

China's Whole Milk Powder Imports Expected to Decline in 2024 Amidst Shifting Consumer Preferences

Source: The DairyNews
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China's import of whole milk powder is anticipated to experience a 3% decrease in 2024, reaching 425,000 tons, as reported by the US Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN).
China's Whole Milk Powder Imports Expected to Decline in 2024 Amidst Shifting Consumer Preferences
This projection is attributed to the accumulation of stocks in 2023 and a growing consumer preference for raw milk products compared to reconstituted alternatives.

The surge in raw milk production has led to a significant surplus, prompting the Chinese government to implement subsidy policies aimed at stabilizing the domestic processing sector. These initiatives are designed to incentivize increased production of whole milk powder. Notably, China relies heavily on processing raw milk into milk powder due to a lack of substantial production of higher value dairy products like cheese or butter.

The forecasted decline in whole milk powder imports reflects a dynamic shift in consumer choices and the government's efforts to manage the surplus in raw milk production. As China continues to navigate its dairy industry landscape, the balance between consumer preferences and government interventions will play a crucial role in shaping the market in the coming years.
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