October nonfat dry milk production up sharply

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — October production of nonfat dry milk powders was up sharply from a year ago while production of skim milk powders was down, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Dairy Products report (click here to read report).

Nonfat dry milk production in October was 98.9 million lbs, up 41% from October 2006, while output of skim milk powders was 21.4 million lbs, down 26%.

Total dry whey production was 88.8 million lbs, up 2% from last year. Production of lactose for human and animal consumption was 60.8 million lbs, down 2%, and total whey protein concentrate production was 32.5 million lbs, down 6% from October 2006.

Butter production in October was 130 million lbs, which was 9% above October 2006 and 16% above September 2007.

Cheese production in October totaled 825 million lbs, 2% above a year ago.

Production of regular hard ice cream was 69.4 million gallons in October, up 4% from the previous year. Low-fat ice cream production was 29.3 million gallons, up 2% from October 2006.

Total manufacturers’ stocks of dry whey on Oct. 31 were 62.4 million lbs, up 73% from a year ago, and included 56.3 million lbs of dry whey for human use, up 61%, and 6.1 million lbs for animal use, up 412%.

Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 27.7 million lbs, up 1% from a year ago. Total lactose stocks were 56.2 million lbs, up 43% from a year ago, the U.S.D.A. said.

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