2023 Monthly Dairy Factory Production and Stocks Survey

Why do we conduct this survey?

The purpose of this survey is to produce monthly statistics on production and stocks of various dairy products and sales of fluid milk and cream from dairy processors in Canada.

The information is grouped with other dairy statistics to provide valuable information for milk marketing agencies, farmers and processor associations, and government departments.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Your participation in this survey is required under the authority of the Statistics Act.

Other important information

Authorization to collect this information

Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

Confidentiality

By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.

Record linkages

To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada may combine it with information from other surveys or from administrative sources.

Data-sharing agreements

To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with provincial and territorial statistical agencies and other government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.

Section 11 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with provincial and territorial statistical agencies that meet certain conditions. These agencies must have the legislative authority to collect the same information, on a mandatory basis, and the legislation must provide substantially the same provisions for confidentiality and penalties for disclosure of confidential information as the Statistics Act. Because these agencies have the legal authority to compel businesses to provide the same information, consent is not requested and businesses may not object to the sharing of the data.

For this survey, there are Section 11 agreements with the provincial statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province.

Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations. Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with any of these organizations by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician, specifying the organizations with which you do not want Statistics Canada to share your data and mailing it to the following address:

Chief Statistician of Canada
Statistics Canada
Attention of Director, Enterprise Statistics Division
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6

You may also contact us by email at statcan.esd-helpdesk-dse-bureaudedepannage.statcan@canada.ca or by fax at 613-951-6583.

For this survey, there is a Section 12 agreement with the Prince Edward Island statistical agency.

For agreements with provincial and territorial government organizations, the shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

Business or organization and contact information

1. Please verify or provide the business or organization's legal and operating name and correct where needed.

Note: Legal name modifications should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

Legal Name

The legal name is one recognized by law, thus it is the name liable for pursuit or for debts incurred by the business or organization. In the case of a corporation, it is the legal name as fixed by its charter or the statute by which the corporation was created.

Modifications to the legal name should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

To indicate a legal name of another legal entity you should instead indicate it in question 3 by selecting 'Not currently operational' and then choosing the applicable reason and providing the legal name of this other entity along with any other requested information.

Operating Name

The operating name is a name the business or organization is commonly known as if different from its legal name. The operating name is synonymous with trade name.

  • Legal name
  • Operating name (if applicable)

2. Please verify or provide the contact information of the designated business or organization contact person for this questionnaire and correct where needed.

Note: The designated contact person is the person who should receive this questionnaire. The designated contact person may not always be the one who actually completes the questionnaire.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Title
  • Preferred language of communication
    • English
    • French
  • Mailing address (number and street)
  • City
  • Province, territory or state
  • Postal code or ZIP code
  • Country
    • Canada
    • United States
  • Email address
  • Telephone number (including area code)
  • Extension number (if applicable)
    The maximum number of characters is 5.
  • Fax number (including area code)

3. Please verify or provide the current operational status of the business or organization identified by the legal and operating name above.

  • Operational
  • Not currently operational (e.g., temporarily or permanently closed, change of ownership)
    Why is this business or organization not currently operational?
    • Seasonal operations
      • When did this business or organization close for the season?
        • Date
      • When does this business or organization expect to resume operations?
        • Date
    • Ceased operations
      • When did this business or organization cease operations?
        • Date
      • Why did this business or organization cease operations?
        • Bankruptcy
        • Liquidation
        • Dissolution
        • Other - Specify the other reasons why the operations ceased
    • Sold operations
      • When was this business or organization sold?
        • Date
      • What is the legal name of the buyer?
    • Amalgamated with other businesses or organizations
      • When did this business or organization amalgamate?
        • Date
      • What is the legal name of the resulting or continuing business or organization?
      • What are the legal names of the other amalgamated businesses or organizations?
    • Temporarily inactive but will re-open
      • When did this business or organization become temporarily inactive?
        • Date
      • When does this business or organization expect to resume operations?
        • Date
      • Why is this business or organization temporarily inactive?
    • No longer operating due to other reasons
      • When did this business or organization cease operations?
        • Date
      • Why did this business or organization cease operations?

4. Please verify or provide the current main activity of the business or organization identified by the legal and operating name above.

Note: The described activity was assigned using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

This question verifies the business or organization's current main activity as classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industry classification system developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Created against the background of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is designed to provide common definitions of the industrial structure of the three countries and a common statistical framework to facilitate the analysis of the three economies. NAICS is based on supply-side or production-oriented principles, to ensure that industrial data, classified to NAICS, are suitable for the analysis of production-related issues such as industrial performance.

The target entity for which NAICS is designed are businesses and other organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. They include farms, incorporated and unincorporated businesses and government business enterprises. They also include government institutions and agencies engaged in the production of marketed and non-marketed services, as well as organizations such as professional associations and unions and charitable or non-profit organizations and the employees of households.

The associated NAICS should reflect those activities conducted by the business or organizational units targeted by this questionnaire only, as identified in the 'Answering this questionnaire' section and which can be identified by the specified legal and operating name. The main activity is the activity which most defines the targeted business or organization's main purpose or reason for existence. For a business or organization that is for-profit, it is normally the activity that generates the majority of the revenue for the entity.

The NAICS classification contains a limited number of activity classifications; the associated classification might be applicable for this business or organization even if it is not exactly how you would describe this business or organization's main activity.

Please note that any modifications to the main activity through your response to this question might not necessarily be reflected prior to the transmitting of subsequent questionnaires and as a result they may not contain this updated information.

The following is the detailed description including any applicable examples or exclusions for the classification currently associated with this business or organization.

Description and examples

  • This is the current main activity.
  • This is not the current main activity.

Please provide a brief but precise description of this business or organization's main activity.

e.g., breakfast cereal manufacturing, shoe store, software development

Main activity

5. You indicated that is not the current main activity.

Was this business or organization's main activity ever classified as: ?

  • Yes
    When did the main activity change?
    • Date
  • No

6. Please search and select the industry classification code that best corresponds to this business or organization's main activity.

Select this business or organization's activity sector (optional)

  • Farming or logging operation
  • Construction company or general contractor
  • Manufacturer
  • Wholesaler
  • Retailer
  • Provider of passenger or freight transportation
  • Provider of investment, savings or insurance products
  • Real estate agency, real estate brokerage or leasing company
  • Provider of professional, scientific or technical services
  • Provider of health care or social services
  • Restaurant, bar, hotel, motel or other lodging establishment
  • Other sector

Method of collection

1. Indicate whether you will be answering the remaining questions or attaching files with the required information.

  • Answering the remaining questions
  • Attaching files

Attachments

1. Please attach the files that will provide the information required for the Monthly Dairy Factory Production and Stocks Survey.

To attach files

  • Press the Attach files button
  • Choose the file to attach. Multiple files can be attached

Note:

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  • All attachments combined must not exceed 50 MB.
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Dairy products and by-products

1. Which of the following products did this location manufacture or stock in [month] ?

Select all that apply.

  • Dairy products and by-products
    • Include all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.
    • Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.
  • Other varieties of cheese
    • Exclude cheddar and mozzarella.
  • Cottage cheese, yogurt or sour cream
    • Include both spoonable and drinkable yogurt, and kefir.
  • Butter and butter oil (creamery butter, whey butter, butter oil or ghee)
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Other varieties of cheeses
    e.g., Brick, Colby, Gouda
  • Processed cheese products
  • Cottage cheese, yogurt or sour cream
  • Concentrated products
    e.g., concentrated milks, milk powders
  • Frozen products
    e.g., ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshake mix
  • None of the above

2. In [month], did this location process and sell any fluid milk or cream in [Province/Territory] ?

Milk and Cream Sales

This question covers all fluid milk and cream processed and packaged in your plant and sold in your province.

Exclude bulk cream sent to other processing plants for packaging into fluid creams.

  • Yes
  • No

Butter and butter oil

3. What were the total production and stocks in kilograms (kg) for the following butter and butter oil products?

Butter and butter oil

Include:

  • production for the entire month
  • stocks on the last day of the month
  • all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.

Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.

Butter oil and ghee

Butter oil and ghee is the pure butterfat left after milk solids and water are removed from the butter.

Table summary
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  Total production for [month] (kg) Total stocks on the last day of [month] (kg)
a. Creamery butter
Include salted, unsalted, whipped, light, cultured, sweet, calorie-reduced butter and dairy spread.
Exclude reworked butter and manufacturing cream.
   
b. Whey butter    
c. Butter oil and ghee    

Cheddar cheese

4. What were the total production and stocks in kilograms (kg) for cheddar cheese?

Include all sizes: block, stirred curd, curd and cheddar cheese used to make processed cheese.

Cheddar cheese

Include:

  • 'light' or 'lite' varieties of cheddar cheeses
  • production for the entire month
  • stocks on the last day of the month
  • all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.

Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.

Total production for [month]:

Total stocks on the last day of [month]:

5. Of the total cheddar cheese stocks reported above, what was the total stocks in kilograms (kg) for the following types of cheddar cheese?

Cheddar cheese

Include:

  • 'light' or 'lite' varieties of cheddar cheeses
  • stocks on the last day of the month
  • all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.

Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.

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  Total stocks on the last day of [month] (kg)
a. Mild cheddar
Include stocks of cheddar cheese matured for less than 3 months or processed,
sold and labeled as 'mild' cheddar cheese.
 
b. Medium cheddar
Include stocks of cheddar cheese matured for 3 to 9 months or processed,
sold and labeled as 'medium' cheddar cheese.
 
c. Old, strong, extra-old cheddar
Include stocks of cheddar cheese matured for more than 9 months or processed,
sold and labeled as 'old', 'strong', 'extra-old' cheddar cheese.
 
Total stocks for [month] for cheddar cheese  

Mozzarella cheese

6. What were the total production and stocks in kilograms (kg) for the following types of mozzarella cheese?

Mozzarella cheese

Include:

  • production for the entire month
  • stocks on the last day of the month
  • all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.

Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.

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  Total production for [month] (kg) Total stocks on the last day of [month] (kg)
a. Mozzarella American full fat
27% to 28% Butter fat
   
b. Mozzarella American low fat
17% to 20% Butter fat
   
c. Mozzarella Italian full fat
22% to 24% Butter fat
   
d. Mozzarella Italian low fat
15% Butter fat
   
e. All other mozzarella cheese    
Total production and stocks for [month] for mozzarella cheese    

Other varieties of cheeses other than cheddar and mozzarella

7. What was the total production in kilograms (kg) for the following other varieties of cheeses?

Other varieties of cheeses other than cheddar and mozzarella

Report varieties of 'light' or 'lite' cheeses with the respective category of cheese, for example: report 'light' feta cheese at question m. Feta.

Include production for the entire month.

Exclude:

  • cheddar and mozzarella
  • stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.
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  Total production for [month] (kg)
a. Bakers  
b. Bocconcini  
c. Brie  
d. Brick  
e. Caciocavallo  
f. Camembert  
g. Casata  
h. Colby  
i. Cream cheese  
j. Edam  
k. Emmental  
l. Farmer's  
m. Feta  
n. Friulano  
o. Gouda  
p. Havarti  
q. Marble  
r. Monterey Jack  
s. Parmesan  
t. Pizza
Include cheeses other than mozzarella cheese that are used as topping for pizza.
 
u. Provolone  
v. Ricotta  
w. Romano  
x. Skim milk  
y. Swiss  
z. Curd cheese
Include cheese curd other than cheddar curd.
 
aa. Other - specify other variety of cheese 1:  
ab. Other - specify other variety of cheese 2:  
ac. Other - specify other variety of cheese 3:  
ad. Other - specify other variety of cheese 4:  
ae. Other - specify other variety of cheese 5:  
af. Other - specify other variety of cheese 6:  
ag. Other - specify other variety of cheese 7:  
ah. Other - specify other variety of cheese 8:  
ai. Other - specify other variety of cheese 9:  
aj. Other - specify other variety of cheese 10:  
Total production for [month] for other varieties of cheeses  

8. What was the total stocks in kilograms (kg) for other varieties of cheeses?

Exclude cheddar and mozzarella.

Total stocks on the last day of [month]:

Processed cheese products

9. What were the total production and stocks in kilograms (kg) for processed cheese products?

Include processed cheese, processed cheese food, processed cheese spread made from cheddar cheese or other cheeses.

Processed cheese products

Include:

  • production for the entire month
  • stocks on the last day of the month
  • all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.

Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.

Total production for [month]:

Total stocks on the last day of [month]:

Cottage cheese, yogurt and sour cream

10. What was the total production in kilograms (kg) for the following products?

Cottage cheese, yogurt and sour cream

Include production for the entire month.

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  Total production for [month] (kg)
a. Cottage cheese
Include curds and creamed cottage cheeses.
 
b. Yogurt
Include both spoonable and drinkable yogurt, and kefir.
Exclude volumes of fruits and additives.
 
c. Sour cream
Include regular and light sour cream.
 

Concentrated products

11. What were the total production and stocks in kilograms (kg) for the following concentrated products?

Concentrated products

Include:

  • production for the entire month
  • stocks on the last day of the month
  • all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.

Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.

Table summary
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  Total production for [month] (kg) Total stocks on the last day of [month] (kg)
a. Concentrated milk (evaporated whole milk)    
b. Sweetened concentrated milk (condensed whole milk)    
c. Concentrated skim milk (evaporated skim milk)    
d. Sweetened concentrated skim milk (condensed skim milk)    
e. Concentrated partly skimmed milk - 2% (evaporated partly skimmed milk - 2%)    
f. Skim milk powder
Include instantized.
   
g. Whole milk powder    
h. Buttermilk powder    
i. Whey powder    
j. Other - specify other concentrated product 1:    
k. Other - specify other concentrated product 2:    
l. Other - specify other concentrated product 3:    
m. Other - specify other concentrated product 4:    
n. Other - specify other concentrated product 5:    

Frozen products

12. What was the total production in litres (L) for the following frozen products?

Frozen products

Include production for the entire month.

Table summary
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  Production mix for [month] (L) Production frozen for [month] (L)
a. Soft ice cream
Over 5% Butter fat
   
b. Hard ice cream
Over 5% Butter fat
   
Total ice cream mix    
c. Soft frozen yogurt mix    
d. Hard frozen yogurt mix
Less than 5% Butter fat.
   
e. Ice milk mix    
f. Milkshake mix    
g. Sherbet    
h. Water ices    
i. Other - specify all other frozen products:    

Milk and cream sales

13. What was the total volume in litres (L) sold for the following milk and cream products?

Include all fluid milk and cream processed and packaged in your plant and sold in [Province/Territory] .

Exclude bulk cream sent to other processing plants for packaging into fluid creams.

Table summary
This is an empty data table used by respondents to provide data to Statistics Canada. This table contains no data.
  Total volume of sales for [month] (L)
a. Standard milk
3.25% Butter fat and over
 
b. 2% partly skimmed milk
1.9% to 2.1% Butter fat
 
c. 1% partly skimmed milk
0.9% to 1.1% Butter fat
 
d. Skim milk
Under 0.3% Butter fat
 
e. Buttermilk  
f. Chocolate milk and other flavoured milk  
g. Light cream
5.0% to 9.9% Butter fat
 
h. Cereal cream
10.0% to 15.9% Butter fat
 
i. Table cream
16.0% to 31.9% Butter fat
 
j. Whipping cream
32.0% Butter fat and over
 
k. Eggnog  
l. Other - specify other milk or cream product 1:  
m. Other - specify other milk or cream product 2:  
n. Other - specify other milk or cream product 3:  
o. Other - specify other milk or cream product 4:  
p. Other - specify other milk or cream product 5:  

Specify other milk or cream product 5

Changes or events

14. Indicate any changes or events that affected the reported values for this business or organization, compared with the last reporting period.

Select all that apply.

  • Strike or lock-out
  • Exchange rate impact
  • Price changes in goods or services sold
  • Contracting out
  • Organizational change
  • Price changes in labour or raw materials
  • Natural disaster
  • Recession
  • Change in product line
  • Sold business or business units
  • Expansion
  • New or lost contract
  • Plant closures
  • Acquisition of business or business units
  • Equipment failure
  • Seasonal operations
  • Increased market demand
  • Decreased market demand
  • Other - specify the other changes or events:
  • No changes or events

Contact person

15. Statistics Canada may need to contact the person who completed this questionnaire for further information.

Is Provided Given Names, Provided Family Name the best person to contact?

  • Yes
  • No

Who is the best person to contact about this questionnaire?

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Title
  • Email address
  • Telephone number (including area code)
  • Extension number (if applicable)
    The maximum number of characters is 5.
  • Fax number (including area code)

Feedback

16. How long did it take to complete this questionnaire?

Include the time spent gathering the necessary information.

  • Hours
  • Minutes

17. Do you have any comments about this questionnaire?

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