A factory worker inspects a box of milk in the Yili Dairy in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Milk sales are growing at an unprecedented rate in China due to increased consumer awareness and improved distribution networks. The development of supermarkets across China is also central to the success of milk and other dairy products. Economic development across China means that more consumers own refrigerators and as a result, demand for fresh dairy products is growing. Major supermarkets, such as Carrefour, that carry fresh dairy products are springing up across China into regions that were typically served by small, independent food stores. Currently China has the lowest per capita of consumption of milk in the world - an estimated 2 litres in 2004.