Cheese - Midwest
USDA - Wed Feb 06, 12:57PM CST
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     Cheese - Midwestern U.S.

     Report 6 - Released on February 06, 2019

     A number of Midwestern cheesemakers suggest demand is seasonally slow. Plant breakdowns and
     weather-related issues caused some extra milk to move into cheese production, below Class
     price in most cases. Reported spot milk prices ranged from flat Class to $2 under. Cheese
     inventories have become burdensome in slower moving varieties, but a number of contacts
     suggest their inventories are balanced. Overall cheese production mirrors milk availability,
     but in some cases production schedules have been pared down in order to manage inventories.
     Cheese markets saw some bearish corrections after last week�s gains. Midwestern wholesale
     prices are down $.1200 for Swiss Cuts, but up $.1050 and up $.0775 for other types.

     National Retail Report Dairy � Cheese Summary
     Advertised Prices at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets ending during the period of 2/01/2019
      to 2/07/2019
     Cheese 8 oz. Blocks        Weighted Average Price
     National                 This Period    Last Week     Last Year
     Organic                   $3.99           n.a.          n.a.
     Conventional              $2.05          $2.28         $2.10

     Regional (Conventional)  Wtd. Ave.      Low           High
      Alaska                    n.a.           n.a.          n.a.
      Hawaii                    n.a.           n.a.          n.a.
      Midwest                  $1.77          $1.00         $2.49
      Northeast                $2.24          $1.66         $3.00
      Northwest                $2.00          $2.00         $2.00
      South Central            $1.67          $1.23         $2.49
      Southeast                $2.03          $1.23         $3.00
      Southwest                $2.60          $1.49         $3.29

     Cheese 8 oz. Shred         Weighted Average Price
     National                 This Period    Last Week     Last Year
      Organic                  $3.99          $3.49         $4.15
      Conventional             $2.11          $2.23         $2.18

     Regional (Conventional)  Wtd. Ave.      Low           High
      Alaska                   $4.99          $4.99         $4.99
      Hawaii                    n.a.           n.a.          n.a.
      Midwest                  $1.99          $1.00         $2.49
      Northeast                $2.10          $1.50         $3.49
      Northwest                $2.64          $1.99         $3.00
      South Central            $2.01          $1.67         $2.50
      Southeast                $2.01          $1.50         $3.50
      Southwest                $2.20          $0.99         $3.00
     WISCONSIN WHOLESALE SELLING PRICES: DELIVERED
     DOLLARS PER POUND(MIXED LOTS (1000-5000 POUNDS))

     Blue 5 pounds                       2.0900-3.1600
     Brick 5 pounds                      1.8225-2.2475
     Cheddar 40 pound Block              1.5500-1.9450
     Monterey Jack 10 pounds             1.7975-2.0025
     Mozzarella 5-6 pounds               1.6225-2.5625
     Muenster 5 pounds                   1.8225-2.2475
     Process American 5 pound Loaf       1.3650-1.7250
     Swiss 6-9 pound Cuts                2.5700-2.6875

     Information for the period February 4 - 8, 2019, issued weekly

     Secondary Sourced Information:

     Dairy Products Report � Cheese Summary
     Released February 4, 2019, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS),
     Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

     Cheese Production � United States: November 2017 and November 2018
                      Monthly Production (1000 pounds)     Percent Change from
     Total Cheese 1        Nov.        Oct.        Nov.         Nov.      Oct.
      Region              2017        2018        2018         2017      2018
     United States     1,070,668   1,129,891   1,081,639        1.0      -4.3

       Atlantic          140,049     143,994     135,467       -3.3      -5.9
       Central           492,554     509,876     485,286       -1.5      -4.8
       West              438,065     476,021     460,886        5.2      -3.2

                      Monthly Production (1000 pounds)      Percent Change from
     American Cheese 2     Nov.        Oct.        Nov.         Nov.      Oct.
      Region              2017        2018        2018         2017      2018
     United States       413,714     438,187     422,799        2.2      -3.5

       Atlantic           27,136      27,594      27,794        2.4       0.7
       Central           211,721     212,171     207,687       -1.9      -2.1
       West              174,857     198,422     187,318        7.1      -5.6

                      Monthly Production (1000 pounds)      Percent Change from
     Italian Cheese        Nov.        Oct.        Nov.         Nov.      Oct.
      Region              2017        2018        2018         2017      2018
     United States       456,821     474,764     464,305        1.6      -2.2

       Atlantic           60,493      60,026      60,559        0.1       0.9
       Central           184,737     194,789     182,642       -1.1      -6.2
       West              211,591     219,949     221,104        4.5       0.5

     Cheese Production � Cumulative Production January - November
                      Cumulative Production   Percent Change
                            (1000 pounds)         from
     Cheese Type          2017        2018        2017
     Total Cheese 1   11,553,601  11,838,623       2.5
     American 2        4,628,017   4,736,559       2.3
     Italian           4,914,109   5,053,812       2.8
     1/ Excludes cottage cheese.
     2/ Includes cheddar, colby, washed curd, stirred curd, Monterey and jack.
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