According to a recent market study published by Growth Market Reports, titled, “Germany Lactose-free Milk Market by Types, by Processing, by Sales Channels: Size, Share, Trends and Opportunity Analysis, 2020-2028”, the market was valued at US$ 221.5 Million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a growth rate of 6.5% by 2028. Lactase is an enzyme that breaks down lactose in the body. Lactose-free milk is made with lactase, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of lactose. Lactose-free milk substitutes regular milk in any recipe, as it has similar taste, texture, and nutritional profile as regular milk.

Lactose-free milk is created by combining lactase with cow's milk. Raw material for lactose free milk includes minerals, proteins, and sugars, that are separated into fractions using the membrane process, and a low-lactose or lactose-free milk product is made up of the fractions. Continuous fluctuation in the raw material prices of lactose-free milk products leads to negative growth of the market.

Milk is similar to crude oil. It passes through refineries and is transformed into products that are traded all over the world. Political and economic storms on other continents cause the prices of these commodities to rise or fall. The Germany lactose-free milk market is fragmented based on types, processing, and sales channels. Based on types, the milk market is segmented into plain milk, flavored milk, and others. In terms of processing, the market is segmented into ultra-high temperature milk and fresh/pasteurized milk. In terms of
sales channels, the market is segmented into online and offline.

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The Germany lactose-free milk market is expected to decrease in terms of year-on-year growth for 2020 as compared to 2019. Interruption in the supply chain of lactose-free milk across the globe, due to the spread of COVID-19, which had a moderate negative impact on product sales. Thus, the import and export of lactose-free milk in Germany declined in sales in 2020. Moreover, inadequate raw material supply and lack of available workforce for production of lactose-free milk in the first and second quadrant of 2020 hampered the market growth in 2020.

As per Growth Market Reports industry analyst Rajas Shirwalkar, “The Germany lactose-free milk market is anticipated to grow significantly during forecast period, 2021-2028. Rising consumer health awareness and wellness concerns are expected to fuel the rise and demand for lactose-free goods. The lactose-free milk market is expected to grow, as the demand for lactose-free milk is increasing at an exponential rate.

With the appeal of the item as an on-the-go snack for millennials, use of lactose-free yoghurt is projected to rise rapidly during the forecast period. The industry is boosted by the increased number of cases of food allergies caused by lactose-containing milk. Health benefits offered by lactose-free milk are attributed to innovations in the lactose-free milk market. This, in turn, is projected to create ample opportunities in this market in the coming years.”

Key Takeaways from the Study

  • Key players including ALDI Nord, Arla Foods amba, EDEKA ZENTRALE Stiftung & Co. KG, Kaufland, Milchwerke Berchtesgadener Land-Chiemgau eG, OMIRA GMbh, PRIVATMOLKEREI NAARMANN GMBH, REWE Markt GmbH, Schwarzwaldmilch GmbH hold a major market share of the Germany lactose-free milk market in 2020.
  • In terms of value, the flavored milk segment is expected to constitute a substantial market share in the forecast period. In the flavored milk segment, companies are introducing locally preferred varieties with innovations in flavors and packaging.
  • In terms of value, the fresh/pasteurized milk segment accounted for a significant portion of the market in 2022. The significant segment share is attributed to the increased operational efficiency of this processing approach.

Report Scope

Report Metric


Market Value in 2020

US$ 221.5 Million

Market Growth Rate (from 2020 to 2028)


Historical Data

2018 & 2019

Base Year


Forecast Period

2021 - 2028

Units Considered

Value (US$ Million)

Market Segments

By Types, By Processing, By Sales Channel

Country Scope


Key Companies Profiled

Arla Foods amba
Milchwerke Berchtesgadener Land-Chiemgau Eg
REWE Markt GmbH
Schwarzwaldmilch GmbH

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Target Audience

  • Supply-side: Manufacturers, raw material suppliers, and distributors
  • Demand Side: Food Industry, Dairy Industry, and Local Vendors
  • Regulatory Side: Concerned government authorities and other regulatory bodies
  • Associations and Industry Bodies: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), GDA (German Dairy Association), GML (Association of State Dairy Federations), and EXU (Export Union for Dairy Products), and Others