After gaining independence from communism in 1989, Polish industry, including dairy sector, has undergone major changes. In the last ten years dairy production and trade have seen accelerated growth and today the country is 6th largest milk producer in the EU. In 2015, production of milk in Poland increased by 2 percent, and it is expected that the positive trend will continue in 2016 as a result of growing demand for dairy products such as butter and non-fat dried milk. Since 2011 output of Polish butter increased by 33 percent. However, the growth was not followed by increased export. According to Trade Map, the country exported $123,642 of butter, which was some $25,000 less compared to previous year. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany are the main importers of Polish butter.