Best Milk Companies in Kenya

Agriculture is one of the key drivers of the Kenyan economy. Many local and international investors have invested heavily in the Kenyan economy. One of the areas they have invested in is dairy farming and production. Many companies today sell a wide variety of dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, powdered milk, fermented milk, butter, ghee, cheese, and cream in the Kenyan market. All these products are made from dairy products.

Milk Processing Companies in Kenya

Considering the many companies processing milk and dairy products, it is prudent to identify some of the best dairy companies in Kenya. They include:

1. Brookside Dairy Limited

Brookside Dairy Limited, founded in 1993 is one of the leading milk companies in Kenya. The company collects milk from farmers and processes it in its plants that are located in 12 counties in Kenya. The company expanded its operations in 2017 after acquiring the Delamere Yogurt brand. The Kenyatta family, one of the richest families in Kenya has a 50% stake in the company while a 40% stake is owned by Danone.

Brookside Dairy is involved in the processing of milk, flavored and natural yogurt, fermented milk, whipping and double ice cream, ghee, and unsalted butter. Among the brands of milk it produces are Tuzo, Ilara, Delamere, and Molo. 

2. New Kenya Cooperative Creameries Limited (New KCC)

New KCC is one of the best milk processing companies in Kenya and East Africa. It was founded in 1925 and at the time, Hugh Cholmondeley (Lord Delamere) served as its Chairman. In 2005, it became a state corporation when it rebranded to New Kenya Cooperative Creameries Limited.

Some of the milk products New KCC processes include processed milk, cheese, butter, fermented milk flavoured and unflavoured long-life milk, and milk powder. Among its dairy brands are Gold Crown Premium milk, KCC UHT long life milk, KCC Fresh Milk, KCC Mala, and Safariland powder milk.

3. Bahati Dairies

Bahati Dairies is also one of the best milk companies in Kenya based in Nakuru. The company was started in 2012 and has been a trailblazer in the processing of milk and dairy products. They have their own dairy products from where they get their raw materials. However, they also outsource milk from farmers.

Bahati Dairies processes and sells milk and dairy products such as pasteurized milk, yogurt, cheese, fresh milk, maziwa lala, and salted and unsalted butter. The company sells milk and dairy products under the brand name Bahati.

Also read: How to start yoghurt business in Kenya.

4. Kinangop Dairy Limited

Kinangop Dairy Limited, started in 1999 is a milk and dairy products processing company in Kenya. The company was first incorporated as Mkulima Creameries Limited before rebranding to Kinangop Dairy Limited in 2006. The company sources milk from farmers located around the Kinangop area. The milk is processed, packaged and distributed. 

Kinangop Dairy Limited processes a wide variety of milk and dairy products such as yogurt, fresh whole milk, maziwa lala and creamy whole milk.

5. Meru Dairy Cooperative Union Limited

Meru Dairy Cooperative Union Limited is a dairy company incorporated in 1967 in Kenya. It started as a cooperative society that helps farmers sell their dairy products in Meru. The company processes a wide variety of dairy products such as fresh milk, pasteurized milk, yoghurt, butter, ghee, mala, ice cream and maziwa lala. The company sells dairy products under the brand name Mount Kenya.

6. Githunguri Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd

Githunguri Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd is a milk processing company in Kenya well known for its Fresha dairy brands and Zito dairy brands. The company processes about 17,000 liters of milk daily. Some of the products the company processes include fresh milk, yoghurt, maziwa lala, butter, fresh drinking water, ghee and long life milk.

7. Eldoville Dairies

Eldoville Dairies is a dairy company in Kenya. It is a family-owned private company that deals with a wide variety of products such as dairy products, and organic vegetables. Some of the dairy products Eldoville Dairies processes are yoghurt, whipping, single and double cream, jam, butter, and cheese. They also process ready-to-cook vegetables, fresh fruits, and juices.

8. Bio Foods Ltd

Bio Foods Ltd is a Kenyan dairy company that processes clean and quality milk products. The company collects milk from farmers and processes it. they also train farmers on cattle practices like hygiene and disease control to increase their productivity.

Bio Foods Ltd produces dairy products such as fresh whole milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter, and cream. They sell their dairy products under the brand name Bio.

Also read: How to start a milkshake business in Kenya.

9. Daima Africa

Daima Africa is also in the list of dairy companies in Kenya. It is owned by Sameer Agriculture. the company processes a wide variety of milk products such as milk, yogurt, butter and ghee. It also processes other products such as flavored milk, juice drink smoothies and yoghurt drinks. All their products are under the brand name Daima.

10. Happy Cow Dairy

Happy Cow Dairy, incorporated in 2004 is a dairy company in Kenya located in Nakuru. The company supplies its dairy products to supermarkets and hotels. You might have come across their products while shopping.

Happy Cow Dairy produces many dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt, and cream. Some of the brand products include Jolly Fresh, Yogies, Hollande, and Cheese Makers from Holland.

Summary of Milk Brands in Kenya

The above are some of the companies that process best milk in Kenya and other dairy products. Some of the products they deal with include processed milk, yoghurt, fermented milk, powdered milk, fermented milk, butter, ghee, cheese and cream. As such, if you are looking for dairy products for your business, these are some of the companies you can consider.

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This article was updated on September 13, 2023

Vincent Nyoike

Vincent Nyoike is an experienced business consultant and financial analyst. He is a CPA and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance and Accounting at JKUAT. He holds a B.Sc. in Applied Statistics from the University of Eldoret