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Govt Aims for Bigger Share of China's Dairy Market

06 December 2019

THAILAND - The government is looking at the possibility of expanding the distribution in China of Thai-Denmark dairy products.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mananya Thaiset, has ordered the Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand (DPO) to study and survey China’s dairy market.

The DPO has found that the demand for dairy products had increased in China. Consumption from 2017 to 2022 in China is expected to average 38 litres per person annually, much higher than the yearly 18 litres per person of Thai people.

In 2016, China imported around 14.85 million tonnes of dairy products, including milk powder, whey, cheese, cream, fresh milk and yogurt. "However, the market share of Thai dairy products in China's imports was very low," said Ms Mananya.

"In 2016, China imported around 151 tonnes of dairy products from Thailand valued at US$310,000 (Bt90 million).

"China is a market with high capacity in terms of population and consumption behaviour," she added.

"Thai dairy products should extend their market by improving products’ quality to meet the demands of foreign consumers."

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Source: The Nation

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