As China demands more dairy imports, global markets are driving for more products, especially milk powders and whey products according to USDA's Economic Research Service.
The biggest increase in Chinese imports are with milk powders with more than 1.5 percent butterfat. New Zealand is the primary supplier of whole milk powder to China.
The U.S. is a significant supplier of skim milk and whey products. In 2013, about 23 percent of China's imports of skim milk powder and 47 percent of whey products were supplied by the U.S.
About half of the imported whey products are used for animal feed, with the rest mainly used for processed food and infant formula.