Lactose Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Lactose in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Lactose Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Lactose price trend was observed to be surging for the most period of H2’23. In the US market, the monthly average prices for lactose registered a growth of about 35% over the discussed span. The prices went from about 434 USD/MT(contract FD) in July’23 to around 595 USD/MT in December’23.

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Lactose Price Trends

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The primary reason behind the experienced surge in the lactose market was the drastic incline in milk prices during this time. Since lactose is milk sugar and is directly sourced from milk, the price trends for both are also closely aligned. Global milk consumption has been rising, and it surged even more during the holiday season of Q4 2023. With this, the upstream cost for lactose shot up, and along went the market prices. Overall, a very positive market performance was witnessed in H2’23.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the market projections for Lactose are positive for the coming months. Since the milk prices are rising, the lactose price trends are also expected to rise going forward.

Lactose Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Lactose is the milk sugar that is derived from whey solution, so its prices vary heavily with the fluctuations in milk prices and consumer demands. In the first two quarters of 2023, the price trend for Lactose were observed to be oscillating on the lower end for Lactose.

In the American Lactose market, the average prices went from around 1027 USD/MT (Contract FD) to about 496 USD/MT (Contract FD) in June’23, registering an approximate decline of about 51%.

This crash in the market was majorly owed to the sluggish demand sentiments in both domestic and international markets. Since veganism is on the rise, unpopularizing all dairy-related products and lactose intolerance being a commonly found disorder, the Lactose market was heavily impacted. As the stocked inventories were high and offtakes declined constantly, a steep downward movement in prices was seen. Overall, a negative market sentiment was observed.

Analyst insight

According to Procurement Resource, Lactose prices are expected to continue facing this peril since such price depreciation is forcing stakeholders to pull out the investments. Further, the suppliers will be keen to get the inventories vacated, which will force them to discount the prices.

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Lactose is an example of a disaccharide. It is a sugar made of galactose and glucose subunits. It is naturally found in milk and makes up around 2–8% of milk (by weight). In appearance, Lactose is a white, water-soluble, non-hygroscopic solid with a mildly sweet taste. It is widely utilised in the food industry.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Lactose
Industrial Uses Filler or diluent in tablets and capsules, Stabiliser, Infant formulas, Pharmaceutical industry, Sweetener, Ethanol production
Chemical Formula C12H22O11 
Synonyms 63-42-3, 5965-66-2, β-D-Galactopyranosyl-(1→4)-D-glucose, Milk sugar, Lactobiose, 4-O-β-D-Galactopyranosyl-D-glucose
Molecular Weight 342.3 g/mol
Supplier Database Nestlé SA, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Dairy Farmers of America Inc., Lactalis International, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Processes

  • Production of Lactose via Crystallisation Process

In the dairy industry, crystallisation is a vital separation process that is often utilised in the refining of lactose from whey solutions. In the refining operation, lactose crystals are removed from the whey solution through nucleation, growth, and aggregation.


The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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