December nonfat dry milk production down

by Allison Sebolt
Share This:

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

Nonfat dry milk production in December was 108 million lbs, down 5% from December 2006, while output of skim milk powders was about 36.9 million lbs, up 118%.

December total dry whey production was 96.4 million lbs, up 4% from last year. Production of lactose for human and animal consumption was 59.4 million lbs, down 1%, and total whey protein concentrate production was 34 million lbs, down 1% from December 2006.

Butter production in December was 141 million lbs, which was 3% above December 2006 and 8% above November 2007.

Cheese production in December totaled 843 million lbs, 2% above a year ago.

Production of regular hard ice cream was 52.3 million gallons, up 2% from the previous year. Low-fat ice cream production was 22.7 million gallons, down 3% from December 2006.

Total manufacturers’ stocks of dry whey on Dec. 31 were 65,982,000 lbs, up 58% from a year ago and included 61,013,000 lbs of dry whey for human use, up 51%, and 4,969,000 lbs for animal use, up 289%.

Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 30,088,000 lbs, up 3% from a year ago. Total lactose stocks were 68,359,000 lbs, up 72% from a year ago, the U.S.D.A. said.

Comment on this Article
We welcome your thoughtful comments. Please comply with our Community rules.

The views expressed in the comments section of Food Business News do not reflect those of Food Business News or its parent company, Sosland Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo. Concern regarding a specific comment may be registered with the Editor by clicking the Report Abuse link.