USDA November 2016 Highlights

Dairy Products

ISSN: 1949-0399

Released January 5, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

November 2016 Highlights

Total cheese output (excluding cottage cheese) was 1.01 billion pounds, 2.7 percent above November 2015 but 2.6 percent below October 2016.

Italian type cheese production totaled 436 million pounds, 2.6 percent above November 2015 but 2.3 percent below October 2016.

American type cheese production totaled 395 million pounds, 3.9 percent above November 2015 but 1.0 percent below October 2016.

Butter production was 144 million pounds, 5.7 percent below November 2015 but 1.5 percent above October 2016.

Dry milk powders (comparisons with November 2015)
Nonfat dry milk, human – 127 million pounds, down 0.9 percent. Skim milk powders – 48.1 million pounds, up 7.0 percent.

Whey products (comparisons with November 2015)
Dry whey, total – 73.5 million pounds, down 6.9 percent.
Lactose, human and animal – 87.2 million pounds, up 5.7 percent.
Whey protein concentrate, total – 37.6 million pounds, down 8.9 percent.

Frozen products (comparisons with November 2015)
Ice cream, regular (hard) – 52.0 million gallons, down 5.3 percent.
Ice cream, lowfat (total) – 27.8 million gallons, up 3.6 percent.
Sherbet (hard) – 1.97 million gallons, down 22.1 percent.
Frozen yogurt (total) – 4.56 million gallons, up 1.5 percent.

October Cheese Production

The USDA is out with October results

Total cheese output (excluding cottage cheese) was 1.03 billion pounds, 0.5 percent above October 2015 and 4.8 percent above September 2016. Italian type cheese production totaled 442 million pounds, 1.0 percent above October 2015 and 3.3 percent above September 2016.

American type cheese production totaled 398 million pounds, 1.4 percent above October 2015 and 5.7 percent above September 2016.

Butter production was 143 million pounds, 3.6 percent below October 2015 but 5.7 percent above September 2016.

Cheese stocks at end of October are up 6 percent

Nov 25th, 2016

Total natural cheese in cold storage was 1.22 billion pounds at the end of October 2016, 6 percent higher than the 1.15 billion pounds in cold storage at the end of October 2015 but 2 percent lower than the 1.24 billion pounds in cold storage at the end of September 2016, according to data released this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Natural American cheese in cold storage Oct. 31, 2016, totaled 729.9 million pounds, up 5 percent from October 2015’s 696.8 million pounds but down 2 percent from the 742.8 million pounds in cold storage Sept. 30, 2016. Read more at CMN –

October Milk Production up 2.7 Percent

Milk production in the 23 major States during October totaled 16.5 billion pounds, up 2.7 percent from October 2015. September revised production, at 16.0 billion pounds, was up 2.3 percent from September 2015. The September revision represented a decrease of 6 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,903 pounds for October, 43 pounds above October 2015. This is the highest production per cow for the month of October since the 23 State series began in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.67 million head, 31,000 head more than October 2015, but 2,000 head less than September 2016. from the USDA

Carrageenan use in organic food

Carrageenan is a commonly used emulsifier in many foods, keeping items mixed in suspension and improving texture and mouthfeel for products like ice cream, baby formula and deli meats. Carrageenan adds no taste to the product and is easy to get, from a natural source, and effective.

Some manufacturers have decided to reformulate their products without carrageenan, getting around some controversy. But nothing has happened to definitively halt the product’s use.

And if carrageenan isn’t acceptable for organic products, it could have a domino effect, getting other manufacturers to look toward other emulsifiers and away from the popular seaweed.

“I think it should be a little bit of a wake-up call,” Cornucopia Institute co-founder Mark Kastel told Food Dive.

Groups launch campaign to discuss GMOs, sustainability

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) during a press conference yesterday unveiled plans for a “straight talk” campaign to engage the food industry in a dialogue on sustainable agriculture production, GMOs and marketing practices.

The announcement comes a week after NMPF, USFRA and four other national farm organizations sent a letter to Dannon criticizing its pledge to eliminate GMOs in its three major brands of yogurt. (See “Farm groups take issue with Dannon’s GMO pledge” in last week’s issue of Cheese Market News.) – read more –

CME Dairy Spot Call will go electronic in December

CHICAGO — The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group this week announced that in December it will begin transitioning its CME Dairy Spot Call for daily price discovery in physical dairy markets to an electronic, transaction-based auction, which can be accessed through the CME Direct Auction Platform. Ultimately, this will replace the physical spot market held via a limited open outcry session on the company’s Chicago trading floor that currently facilitates price discovery, trading and delivery of dairy products such as Cheddar barrels and blocks, butter and nonfat dry milk (NDM).

Cheese Market to Reach $110.5 Billion by 2021

The global cheese market will be worth $110.5 billion by 2021, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2 percent, according to A to Z Research. The market was worth $80.5 billion in 2015, with 417 kg of cheese sold. North America accounted for 30.5 percent of the total cheese market in 2015, while Europe accounted for 35.2 percent.

Major drivers going forward include strong demand from dairy and the fast food industry, as well as rapid growth in India and China, which will make Asia Pacific the dominant cheese market by 2021. However, consumer demand for low calorie foods may restrain growth somewhat. Cheddar is the cheese segment with the largest market share, and is expected to be the fastest growing variety through 2021. thank you to Specialty News –

July Cheese Report

Total cheese output (excluding cottage cheese) was 1.02 billion pounds, 1.4 percent above July 2015 and 2.6 percent above June 2016.

Italian type cheese production totaled 444 million pounds, 3.2 percent above July 2015 and 2.3 percent above June 2016.

American type cheese production totaled 398 million pounds, 0.2 percent above July 2015 and 2.2 percent above June 2016.