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Iowa Cheese Plant Manager Seeks More Milk for Expansion
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (914 reads)


Opportunities for more or expanded dairy farms in South Dakota and other states are tremendous, according to Tim Czmowski, general manager of Agropur in Hull, Iowa. His plant which is the second largest of 30 Agropur plants in the U.S. and Canada is planning to double it's production capacity in 2015. It current processes around 1 billion pounds of milk a year into 15 cheese varieties and value-added dry whey products.



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Record Dairy Export Pace Continues in October
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (704 reads)


January-October exports were valued at $5.54 billion, compared with $5.12 billion in all of 2012. At the current pace, U.S. exports will top $6.6 billion this year, up close to 30% from the 2012 total. On a volume basis, exporters shipped 163,785 tons of milk powder, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose during October, up 27% from the prior year.



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Australia's Cheese Exports Will Benefit With Free Trade Agreement
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (707 reads)


Australia has concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Republic of Korea. As a result of the Agreement, tariffs will be eliminated on Australia's major exports to Korea. This includes the elimination of tariffs on key Australian agricultural exports including dairy. Australian cheese producers will gain duty-free access to Korea's growing and middle class market. Australian cheese exports currently face Korean tariffs of up to 36 percent.



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USDA Projects Record Milk Output, Strong Dairy Prices in 2014
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (724 reads)


U.S. milk production next year is forecast to reach an all-time high of 205.3 billion pounds, based on the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report from USDA. 2014’s increased milk output will occur as expected stronger milk prices and lower feed costs support a more rapid increase in cow numbers and output per cow.



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Protein Overtaking Probiotic Claims in Yogurt Market
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (709 reads)


The trend for high-protein products is gathering pace globally, with more than 10% of new launches using protein claims, as a softer approach to health moves the industry away from probiotic claims, according to data from Innova Market Insights. 



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Price Gap Between Milk Powders to Cheese and Casein Effecting Fonterra Payouts
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (634 reads)


Fonterra has refrained from raising its projected payout to farmers even as China drives a surge in demand for milk, saying higher prices are hurting profits. Fonterra has maintained its forecast milk price at a record NZ$8.30 ($6.90) a kilogram of milk solids for the 2013-14 year. “We are in an extraordinary situation,” Fonterra Chairman John Wilson said in a statement. “The gap between prices for milk powders compared to cheese and casein is greater than it has ever been before.” 

 



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Industry Representatives Discuss 2014 Dairy Market Oulook
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (782 reads)


The outlook for both milk production and dairy market demand around the world looks quite good for the next year according to industry representaives during the 7th annual Global Dairy Outlook webinar sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine. 



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Land O’Lakes Joins GlobalDairyTrade
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (675 reads)


Land O'Lakes Inc. will become the second U.S. firm to join the GlobalDairyTrade platform. They will initially be offering skim milk powder via the platform in March 2014, and are planning to offer Butter later in the year.



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Müller Wiseman Dairies Opens $28 Million Butter Plant
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (661 reads)


Theo Müller Sr., owner of Müller Group, has hailed the opening of a £17 million (USD $27,825,600) state of the art butter making plant in Shropshire, England, as a sign of his company’s optimism and confidence in the UK. 



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World's Largest Milk Powder Drier Officially Opens
Thursday, December 12, 2013 (772 reads)


Fonterra  has official opened the  world’s largest milk powder drier at the Co-operative’s Darfield, New Zealand site. The milk powder drier, which has already produced more than 50,000 metric tons of whole milk powder since it kicked into gear, was officially opened by Selwyn Member of Parliament and Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams as part of a public open day.



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