Dairy Processor News
USDA's Dairy Market News

Labor Day specials and back-to-school are spiking interest in cheese, reports UDSA's Dairy Market News

Also, cream markets are firming and supplies are tighter in the Southwest.

Glass of milkDemand for Labor Day retail specials and filling the pipeline for school openings have added to immediate interest. In fluid milk, the USDA's Dairy Market News reports that cream markets are firming. Following are highlights from Dairy Market News for the week of Aug. 13 to 17.

FLUID MILK. Cream markets are firming and supplies are tighter in the Southwest. Eastern cream is tight in many areas but in the Central region, cream supplies increased in some areas and multiples moderated as Class II demand stepped seasonally lower and cream generated from Class I orders increased. Various Central milk handlers indicate that milk supplies and demand are in balance. California milk output is severely impacted by hot and humid weather, lowering milk intakes and solids levels.

There are processors who would like to have more milk in the short term. Arizona milk production is steady to lower at seasonal low levels. Milk supplies in the Pacific Northwest are being affected by another session of high temperatures. Utah and Idaho milk production is also suffering from hot temperatures, resulting in lower volumes and less solids. Milk imports began for the year in Florida, where increasing school related demand has outpaced production, due to weather where cow comfort is “terrible”. Milk supplies are tight in the Mid-Atlantic region, but balanced in the Southeast.

CHEESE HIGHLIGHTS. Cheese prices across the U.S. were higher this week. Last week’s price increases at the CME Group were reflected in higher spot prices this week. Prices at the exchange were the highest since mid-November of 2011. The recent increase has fueled interest in securing inventory before anticipated further price increases.


Demand for Labor Day retail specials and filling the pipeline for school openings have added to immediate interest. Hot weather across much of the U.S. has impacted milk volumes available for processing and cheese plants are paying premiums in some cases to secure additional milk for cheese making. Spot prices at the CME Group this week closed with barrels at $1.8350 and blocks at $1.8700 on Friday.

Read the entire report here.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Dairy Foods Magazine. 
You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Blue Bell Creameries, Brenham, Texas

Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, has no shortage of ideas. Every year it considers roughly 300 new flavor concepts. Through a rigorous evaluation process, the company whittles those ideas down to five or six. It is serious about finding flavors that resonate with consumers and translating those flavors into ice cream.


This photo gallery contains additional, unpublished photos of dairy processing facilities featured in Dairy Foods magazine. To view more Behind the Scenes galleries go to our archives page!

3/31/15 2:00 pm EST

Raising the bar with in-line mixing and blending technologies: high output with flexibility and low costs

In this webinar, you will be introduced to advanced in-line blending, dosing and mixing technologies that offer high flexible productions, reduced product losses, shorter batch times, uniform products, and reduced ingredient costs. As a result, Food Manufacturers can optimize their productions and increase their profitability.

Dairy Foods Magazine

df feb cover

2015 February

What's happening in milk; plus we look at Blue Bell ice cream operations, what drives its success.

Table Of Contents Subscribe


What’s your favorite time of day to drink milk/flavored milk?
View Results Poll Archive


Tharp & Young on Ice Cream: An Encyclopedic Guide to Ice Cream Science and Technology

An at once an all-inclusive guide to the meaning of hundreds of technical terms and ideas needed for ice cream manufacturing, as well as a practical introduction to the ingredients, freezing methods, flavoring, and packaging of ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurts, novelties and many other kinds of frozen desserts.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook logo 40px 2-12-13 Twitter logo 40px 2-12-13  YouTube logo 40px 2-12-13  LinkedIn logo 40px 2-12-13google plus

Dairy Foods Buyers Guide

cover df july 2013Resource for buyers in the dairy processing industry to find information on the leading suppliers and manufacturers.

Find Ingredients, Equipment, Distribution, R&D and More.

Start Your Search Today.