Colombia is the fourth largest milk producer in Latin America with an approximate volume of 6.717 tons at year, outnumbered only by Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.   (FAO)


The milk produced in Colombia has higher protein and fat percentages in comparison with the most important world producers such as New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.A. (Fedegán)

Availability of 2.600 million liters of fresh milk for new industries dedicated to dairy processing, a volume which currently does not participate in the formal processing channel. (Fedegán, 2012)

An important market: Colombia is the 28th largest economy in the world and has a population of 48 million whose milk consumption (143 liters/person) is three times the average of all other developing countries (44 liters/person). (Fedegán)

  • Presence of potential strategic partners, companies engaged in the production, transformation and commercialization of dairy products with wide knowledge of consumption patterns and national distribution networks.
  • There are about 95 dairy companies in Colombia registered at the Superintendency of corporations; 50% are located in Bogota, Cundinamarca and Antioquia.
  • Quality of milk produced in Colombia has protein and fat percentages above most important world producers such as New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.A.
  • Colombia offers several incentives that can benefit the processing of dairy products in Colombia: (i) Free Trade Zone System, which includes a special scheme for milk products, (ii) incentives for formalizing business, (iii) incentives job creation.

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Invest in Dairy 2016

Investment Opportunities

  • Joint Venture with a local partner: Investment in industrial plants through technological development and innovation in processes and products.
  • Develop certified businesses: Organic and environmental friendly products have an important market in Colombia and worldwide.
  • Milk Powder production: Joint Venture with a local partner in order to increase productive capacity.
  • Dairy Products: Access international markets with processed foods such as: yogurts, cheese, and other dairy products.


There are many regions in the country with a great potential for the Dairy sector such as:

  • Antioquia
  • Boyacá
  • Caquetá
  • Cesar
  • Cundinamarca
  • Nariño

Success Stories

Important Corporations Have Chosen Colombia to Conduct Their Business Operations:

  • Nestlé, Suiza: The swiss Company is investing around U$20 million in its plants in Colombia.
  • Danone, France: The French Company Danone enters the Colombian market in an alliance with Alqueria opening a production plant in Cajica, Cundinamarca.
  • Gloria Group, Peru: The Peruvian multinational acquired the Colombian corporation ‘Algarra’, which is currently ranked as the fourth largest brand of dairy products in Bogota. Over the 2014, Gloria Group purchased several food and beverages companies.
  • Parmalat, Italy: An Italian company, world leader in the production of UHT milk came to Colombia in 1994 offering different kinds of dairy and derived products to the market.

These are only some of the reasons to invest in the Dairy industry, we invite you to investigate in detail these and more reasons why Colombia is the destination for your projects.

Investment Specialist: Iván Delgado

Carlos Sánchez

At PROCOLOMBIA we cater to international companies, large enterprises and foreign government agencies interested in investment in Colombia.

Due to the nature of our activities, we do not attend to individual or personal investment requirements.

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