Dairy Delivers

The Economic Impact of Dairy Products

Whether it's milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, or dairy-derived ingredients, American dairy companies are working to deliver their healthy, safe and affordable products to people around the world, creating jobs in the process. In fact, America’s dairy industry supports more than 3 million jobs that generate $159 billion in wages and $620 billion in overall economic impact.

Dairy Delivers® is your source for the insights, data, and trends that are shaping the dairy industry. Come here to get the latest market analysis, glean the most up-to date-economic impact data, or download a fact sheet or video illustrating dairy’s footprint at the national, state and local levels in the United States. Dairy Delivers also reports on how U.S. dairy is working to expand foreign markets to meet the growing demand for American dairy products.

For economic impact data, click on a state below to learn how dairy foods manufacturers are contributing to the economic vitality of your community.

The IDFA Dairy Bar

Here you will find archived issues of The Dairy Bar, a bi-weekly report from IDFA partner Blimling and Associates, Inc., a dairy research and consulting firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. The Dairy Bar features spotlight data in chart form that members may not easily find, such as intermarket relationships, currency impacts on global competitiveness and an international trading review. Each report also details key policy areas, such as trade updates, global supply, farm margins and federal commodity purchases, and includes a one-minute video that covers timely topics, such as data reported by USDA and other sources.

Dairy's Impact on the U.S. Economy

Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports a broad range of industries across the nation? IDFA is taking a deep dive into the data behind Dairy Delivers® to demonstrate dairy’s economic power and its ripple effect on other American industries.

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Dairy Delivers® for Bakers

About 3,950 jobs in the baking industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. This includes almost 700 manufacturing jobs for employees making cakes, cookies and even cookie dough used in dairy products, like ice cream and novelty items. About 3,250 additional baking jobs result from dairy and supplier employees purchasing bread, cookies and crackers at local stores, restaurants, farmers markets and food co-ops. All told, the dairy industry creates $158.4 million in wages and more than $510.2 million in economic impact for American bakers and bakeries.

Dairy Delivers® for Railroads

Nearly 4,600 jobs at railroad companies depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. This number includes almost 3,825 rail jobs that result from dairy manufacturers moving products like milk, ice cream and cheese to wholesalers, retailers or even consumers. Nearly 760 additional rail jobs result from dairy employees and supplier employees purchasing passenger- or freight-rail services to move households, transport purchases of large products or simply to visit family in locations across the country. All told, the dairy industry creates almost $572.0 million in wages and nearly $1.89 billion in economic impact for American railroad operators

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IDFA Staff Experts

J. David Carlin

Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy