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U.S. Dairy Sector Water Management: Market Trends And Forecasts, 2016-2020

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U.S. Dairy Sector Water Management: Market Trends And Forecasts, 2016-2020
Published: December 5, 2016 Content info:

The traditionally stable U.S. dairy sector has become subject to price volatility with swings in export market demand driven by macro-economic factors. The biggest water-related obstacle dairy processing facilities face is the removal of excess nutrients from wastewater streams, the complexity of which often require customized systems.

Rising utility sewer charges- stemming from tightening nutrient limits for industrial waste streams- encourage dairy processing facilities to install onsite wastewater treatment.

In this Market Insight, Bluefield analyzes:

  • Dairy production and price impacts
  • Water usage and costs at dairy processing facilities
  • Wastewater flow and treatment processes used
  • CAPEX and OPEX water forecasts for U.S. dairy processing sector, 2016-2025
  • Leading dairy players and competitive landscape for water equipment suppliers

This insight is available to our Advanced Water Treatment & Desalination clients or available for one-time purchase. Learn more about Bluefield's ongoing analysis of water reuse, wastewater management, and industrial water markets.


  • Water and sewage costs contribute up to 7% of non-labor operating costs and dairy processing facilities
  • On average, dairy plants in the U.S. use 2.5 gallons of water per gallon of milk processed.
  • Large-scale and diversified water equipment suppliers are market leaders in water management for dairy processors


  • Agropur Cooperative
  • Associated Milk Producers
  • California Dairies
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Darigold
  • Dean Foods
  • Glanbia Foods
  • Great Lakes Cheese
  • Hilmar Cheese
  • HP Hood
  • Kraft Foods
  • Land O'Lakes
  • Leprino Foods
  • Nestle
  • Parmalat
  • Prairies Farms Dairy
  • Saputo
  • Schreiber Foods
  • The Kroger Co
  • White Wave Foods
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