The dairy products that we consume are made from milk and other ingredients. Dairy processing is the processes through which milk is processed into cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, and other dairy products.
The dairy processing sector is a key contributor to the Canadian economy. Approximately 25,000 Canadians work in this sector. In 2019, the dairy sector ranked second behind meats in terms of the value of its manufactured shipments, which reached 14.8 billion dollars.
In Canada, the estimated cost to a processor of converting one hectolitre of raw milk into butter and skim milk powder is approximately $11.82.