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Nonfat dry milk production is heavy; milk is directed to cheese plants

Cheese prices continued to push higher at the CME Group exchange; Some dry dairy markets regained confidence as news of higher international prices caught the attention of buyers and sellers.

Nonfat dry milk production remains heavy with producers holding inventories more confidently, according to the latest Dairy Market News by the USDA. Higher than anticipated volumes of milk are being directed to cheese plants across the nation. Despite increased inventories of cheese, manufacturers are reporting good sales and are mostly comfortable with the added production.

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Can't lick the ice cream blues

More plants are producing less ice cream. The number of units sold barely increased.
By most measures, ice cream is not a growing market. Production is declining, sales are stalled and manufacturers aren’t increasing prices by much. Yet there are more plants making ice cream.
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Weekly dairy production

Cheese markets are confused; milk processors prepare for Easter and Passover

The USDA says U.S. cheese markets continue to look for a clear price direction.

Cheese markets across the U.S. continue to look for a clear price direction. Milk production in the East and Midwest is increasing, and Western milk supplies are building as Arizona and New Mexico near peak production.

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The favored milk is flavored milk

Flavored milks and milkshakes show a glimmer of hope for the industry. Meanwhile, low-fat milk sales get skimmed.
There are few stars in the refrigerated milk category as numbers drop. Flavored milks are among the few that showed increases in dollar and unit sales.
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USDA's Dairy Market News

Sales of organic whole milk rose 16%; reduced fat milks up 6.8% in November

Total fluid milk products, which includes organic and non-organic, were down 1.7%.

The USDA's AMS service reported this week that total organic milk products sales for November 2012 were 191 million pounds, an increase of 9% from November 2011.

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USDA's Dairy Market News

Processors are shipping milk longer distances to find a home

Class I demand across the country has regained traction as most schools and colleges are in session.


Milk production is steady despite colder and wetter conditions in the Southwest. Arizona milk supplies are heavy. In the Northwest, milk supplies are slowly increasing. Output trends in Utah and Idaho are about steady. Farm milk pickups are on the rise in the Midwest at higher than expected levels.

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USDA's Dairy Market News

Milk processors worked on reduced schedules last week

Milk supplies are heaviest in the Northeast, but more manageable compared to the holiday period.

Milk supplies are heaviest in the Northeast, but more manageable compared to the holiday period. Processing plants in the rest of the country are working on reduced schedules as year-end milk supplies are worked through and other fluid handlers and smaller processors have resumed normal intakes.

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U.S. dairy suppliers were on track to ship $5 billion in exports in 2012

Through the first 10 months of 2012, the volume of major products increased a combined 5.5 percent to more than 2.8 billion lbs.

Through the first 10 months of 2012, the volume of major products increased a combined 5.5 percent to more than 2.8 billion lbs. Although growth had softened in recent months, U.S. cheese and whey protein concentrate were poised to shatter volume records, and nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder was tracking at or near record levels. For the second consecutive year, U.S. export volume accounted for more than 13 percent of total milk solids produced in the United States.

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Chinese imports of UHT milk grew in 2012

New Zealand, Australia, Germany and France are shipping high-quality UHT milk to China.

The top-end UHT milk products are mostly 100% foreign made and imported mainly from New Zealand, Australia, Germany and France. 

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Beverage trends

Dairy alternatives move beyond soy, states a new analysis by Innova

Nut milks, cereal-based beverages and blends are moving into the mainstream.

The market for dairy alternative drinks is growing, fueled by its increasing popularity in the West, where it is moving out of the specialist heath food arena and into the mainstream.

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Anderson Erickson Dairy, Des Moines, Iowa

 From this one plant, AE Dairy manufactures a full range of Grade A dairy beverages and foods, including white and flavored milk, ice cream mix (packaged for retail sale and for commercial use), 50 flavors of Greek and conventional low-fat and nonfat yogurt, buttermilk, whipping cream, cottage cheese, juices, sour cream and dips.  


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President's Address --2020 Vision

They say hindsight is 20/20, but IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton is turning that old adage on its head. She plans to look forward to the next five years with a focused vision on important changes ahead for the dairy industry. In her address Tipton will challenge industry leaders to be willing to shake things up. She will unveil plans to ramp up IDFA activities during the run up to 2020.

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