Whey Powder Price Trend

For the Fourth Quarter of 2021


The price range of Western European whey was mostly stable. Both sides of the pricing range were close to 2021 highs. Unlike in some other dairy product markets, manufacturers expected 2021 to end with more whey output than 2020. Buyers fought for the available whey as demand was high. Non-hygroscopic whey powder prices were in the range of 1250-1400 USD/MT.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021


According to China Customs data, China imported 126,200 MT of whey in January-February 2021, a 50.3% rise year on year (y-o-y). Imports totaled USD 156 million, a 55.4% rise y-o-y. The average price per tonne was 1,236 USD, up 3.4% year on year. Among them, 48,700 MT were imported from the EU, accounting for 38.6%, 46,900 MT from the United States, accounting for 37.2%, and 12,100 tonnes from Belarus, accounting for 9.6% of the total imports.


The price of bulk whey powder in Netherlands was 860 EUR/MT in January which rose to 1024 EUR/MT in June before it fell to 970 EUR/MT in September. Lactose-intolerant individuals in Europe are becoming increasingly interested in dairy alternatives. In addition, the country's growing food industry saw a demand from consumers for high-quality protein ingredients, which boosted the use of whey protein in the region.

North America

As a result of increased fuel prices and shipping expenses, as well as other supply chain bottlenecks including a shortage of truck drivers and shipping containers, milk prices continued to grow. Pandemic-related transportation and logistics challenges, as well as severe weather in major producing areas were some other factors leading to an increase in milk prices. In the United States, the price of milk and milk products had increased by 6.66%. This was due to global supply chain disruptions, harsh weather, and rising energy prices, which were putting a significant financial strain on people all around the world. In the last week of August, the price of US Whey Protein Concentrate-34 (WPC 34) soared by 35% y-o-y to 2,551 USD/MT. The use of WPC 34 as an ingredient in newborn formula, as well as efforts by the Chinese government to boost local infant formula production, were the key reasons for the price hike.

For the Year 2020


The volume of whey powder imported into China in 2020 was 626k MT, representing an almost 40% rise over the previous year. Imports of various dairy products, such as butter and fat-filled milk powder, surged in China. The price range for milk solids was increased from 3.59 to 4.59 USD/kg.  This was a huge price hike compared to previous years, primarily attributed to rising dairy prices in China as a result of increased demand. The public's notion that dairy consumption can promote immunity was another factor leading to the price hike.


European whey powder prices were constant, with the exception of a modest increase at the bottom of the price range. While farm milk supply was decreasing and, with it, cheese production, the volumes of whey solids accessible for sweet whey powder manufacturing were decreasing. Inventories, on the other hand, were in good balance with demand. Whey powder demand was constant in both the food and feed industries. According to industry sources, the scarcity of shipping equipment and the high cost of freight remain a source of concern. As a result, the majority of whey demand comes from within Europe. The average whey powder prices in Netherlands were near about 730 EUR/MT.

North America

The United States is also the world's largest provider of whey protein, shipping a significant amount of protein and whey protein products to the global market. According to a 2019 article published by the Institute of Food Technologists, roughly 55% of consumers in the United States agreed that high protein content influenced their food purchasing preferences.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of Whey Powder for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About Whey Powder:

Whey Powder is basically a powdered form of whey, which is the left over liquid formed during the production of cheese from cow's milk. It has numerous industrial uses. Further, whey protein powder is utilised to enhance protein intake, and thus, it serves as a protein supplement.

Industrial Uses: 

  • Chocolates
  • Biscuits
  • Cheese
  • Soups
  • Meat
  • Baking agent 
  • Protein supplement
  • Dishes

Production Processes

  • Production of Whey Powder via Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Drying.

The elimination of moisture content is a crucial step in the Whey Powder production.  Reverse Osmosis or RO is often utilised to improve and boost the dry content of the whey so that it can be efficiently converted to a powdered form. 

Supplier Database

  • Fonterra Co-operative Group  
  • wheyco GmbH
  • Carbery Group
  • Valio Ltd
  • Lactalis Ingredients
  • Saputo Inc

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