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Caseins, US

This page contains the wholesale prices for Rennet and Acid Casein, recorded on a weekly basis by USDA - Dairy Market News.

The cheese prices recorded over the last ten weeks are listed in the table, while the graphs below illustrates price trends in € and in local currency.

The graph below compares Casein prices (both Rennet and Acid) and Cheddar prices in the US over a given period.


N.B.:
Cow's milk contains about 3.3% total protein:
  • 80% of which is made up of large casein aggregates;
  • 20% of which is made up of much smaller and finely dispersed whey proteins.
The term casein (from the Latin word for cheese, caseus) refers to the primary component of milk proteins. Casein is obtained from skimmed milk, through rennet or acid precipitation.

Rennet Casein or Acid Casein is produced depending on the substance used for the precipitation.

Acid casein, whose precipitation is mainly generated through the use of hydrochloric acid (sometimes sulphuric acid), is employed by the chemical industry (to produce colours, glues, glossy paper and sealants), the food industry (as coffee whitener and cheese spreads) and in the production of pet food.

Besides being a basic ingredient in the production of any type of cheese, rennet casein, which is obtained from skimmed milk, through rennet precipitation, is employed by the food industry (in the production of cereal flakes, cheese sauces and certain meats) as well as the chemical industry (Galalite, Lanital).

(The content on this page was prepared with input from Pier Luigi Vecchia, Food Technologist)

US - Weekly prices of Rennet Casein
US $ per lb US $ per ton € per ton
min / max min / max ± on prev. price min / max ± on prev. price
Friday 2 Dec 2022
5,7400 / 6,2000 12.655 / 13.669 0,00% 12.009 / 12.971 -1,55%
Friday 25 Nov 2022
5,7400 / 6,2000 12.655 / 13.669 0,00% 12.197 / 13.175 -0,09%
Friday 18 Nov 2022
5,7400 / 6,2000 12.655 / 13.669 -2,61% 12.208 / 13.186 -3,16%
Friday 11 Nov 2022
5,7400 / 6,5200 12.655 / 14.374 0,00% 12.276 / 13.945 -4,23%
Friday 4 Nov 2022
5,7400 / 6,5200 12.655 / 14.374 0,00% 12.819 / 14.561 +0,80%
Friday 28 Oct 2022
5,7400 / 6,5200 12.655 / 14.374 0,00% 12.717 / 14.445 -2,22%
Friday 21 Oct 2022
5,7400 / 6,5200 12.655 / 14.374 -1,29% 13.006 / 14.773 -1,42%
Friday 14 Oct 2022
5,9000 / 6,5200 13.007 / 14.374 0,00% 13.386 / 14.793 +0,82%
Friday 7 Oct 2022
5,9000 / 6,5200 13.007 / 14.374 0,00% 13.277 / 14.672 -0,50%
Friday 30 Sep 2022
5,9000 / 6,5200 13.007 / 14.374 +0,81% 13.344 / 14.746 +0,87%
n.q.: not quoted price
Source: USDA
Informative note
NOTE: The conversion US $ / € for each quotation is calculated using the exchange rate of the previous day.

Prices are U.S. $/MT (Metric Ton= 2,204.6 pounds) SPOT SALES AND UP TO 3 MONTH CONTRACTS. PRICES ARE F.O.B., U.S. WAREHOUSE FOR EDIBLE NONRESTRICTED AND VARY ACCORDING TO MESH SIZE AND QUALITY.
USD
$/ton
2007 2012 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 % on prev. month % on 2021
January 7.110 10.472 6.681 4.583 5.430 9.005 7.733 10.924 +1,81% +41,27%
February 7.110 10.307 6.535 4.891 5.594 9.888 8.044 11.021 +0,89% +37,01%
March 7.110 10.141 6.608 5.092 5.977 9.948 8.140 11.239 +1,98% +38,06%
April 7.413 9.921 6.502 5.806 6.723 9.769 8.201 11.393 +1,38% +38,92%
May 7.689 9.535 6.448 5.342 6.858 9.034 8.369 11.921 +4,63% +42,44%
June 9.248 9.535 6.459 5.221 7.480 8.581 9.899 12.131 +1,76% +22,55%
July 9.921 8.984 6.104 5.043 7.531 8.033 10.602 12.346 +1,77% +16,45%
August 11.133 8.984 6.090 5.135 6.996 7.810 10.681 12.379 +0,27% +15,89%
September 11.133 8.984 6.281 5.451 6.749 7.741 10.541 13.100 +5,82% +24,28%
October 12.236 8.929 5.930 5.506 6.865 7.723 10.582 13.602 +3,84% +28,54%
November 12.498 8.929 5.505 5.636 7.379 7.674 10.637 13.338 -1,94% +25,39%
December 13.172 8.929 4.863 5.538 8.168 7.672 10.730 13.161 -1,32% +22,66%
Jan - Dec 9.675 9.474 6.158 5.270 6.812 8.564 9.519 12.158
Change (1) - -2,07% -35,00% -14,42% +29,25% +25,72% +11,15% +27,73%
Jan - Dec 9.675 9.474 6.158 5.270 6.812 8.564 9.519 12.158
Change (1) - -2,07% -35,00% -14,42% +29,25% +25,72% +11,15% +27,73%
USDA
The average monthly price is calculated on the weekly quotes.
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2012, 2017, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
  = min price
= max price
US - Weekly prices of Acid Casein
US $ per lb US $ per ton € per ton
min / max min / max ± on prev. price min / max ± on prev. price
Friday 2 Dec 2022
6,5000 / 6,7500 14.330 / 14.881 0,00% 13.599 / 14.122 -1,55%
Friday 25 Nov 2022
6,5000 / 6,7500 14.330 / 14.881 0,00% 13.812 / 14.343 -0,09%
Friday 18 Nov 2022
6,5000 / 6,7500 14.330 / 14.881 +0,38% 13.824 / 14.356 -0,18%
Friday 11 Nov 2022
6,5000 / 6,7000 14.330 / 14.771 -1,49% 13.902 / 14.330 -5,66%
Friday 4 Nov 2022
6,5000 / 6,9000 14.330 / 15.212 0,00% 14.516 / 15.409 +0,80%
Friday 28 Oct 2022
6,5000 / 6,9000 14.330 / 15.212 0,00% 14.401 / 15.287 -2,22%
Friday 21 Oct 2022
6,5000 / 6,9000 14.330 / 15.212 -1,47% 14.728 / 15.634 -1,60%
Friday 14 Oct 2022
6,7000 / 6,9000 14.771 / 15.212 -1,45% 15.201 / 15.655 -0,64%
Friday 7 Oct 2022
6,7000 / 7,1000 14.771 / 15.653 0,00% 15.077 / 15.977 -0,50%
Friday 30 Sep 2022
6,7000 / 7,1000 14.771 / 15.653 -0,72% 15.153 / 16.058 -0,66%
n.q.: not quoted price
Source: USDA
Informative note
NOTE: The conversion US $ / € for each quotation is calculated using the exchange rate of the previous day.

Prices are U.S. $/MT (Metric Ton= 2,204.6 pounds) SPOT SALES AND UP TO 3 MONTH CONTRACTS. PRICES ARE F.O.B., U.S. WAREHOUSE FOR EDIBLE NONRESTRICTED AND VARY ACCORDING TO MESH SIZE AND QUALITY.
$/ton
2007 2012 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 % on prev. month % on 2021
January 7.330 11.078 6.807 6.862 6.763 8.061 8.014 12.800 +8,55% +59,73%
February 7.330 10.935 6.676 6.961 6.787 8.231 8.489 13.100 +2,34% +54,32%
March 7.330 10.935 7.804 6.989 6.838 8.341 9.226 14.082 +7,49% +52,63%
April 7.702 10.472 7.909 6.837 6.961 8.816 9.341 14.473 +2,78% +54,94%
May 8.212 10.141 7.895 6.738 6.983 8.596 9.557 14.603 +0,89% +52,80%
June 10.251 10.141 7.804 6.693 7.046 8.515 10.163 14.674 +0,49% +44,39%
July 11.133 9.673 7.771 6.735 7.093 8.488 10.368 15.079 +2,76% +45,44%
August 12.236 9.755 7.716 6.717 7.100 8.488 10.527 15.322 +1,61% +45,55%
September 12.236 9.893 7.804 6.785 7.052 8.334 10.747 15.300 -0,14% +42,36%
October 12.952 10.114 7.719 6.939 7.162 8.157 10.998 14.936 -2,38% +35,81%
November 12.952 10.141 7.311 6.876 7.490 8.047 11.651 14.633 -2,03% +25,59%
December 13.448 10.141 7.059 6.796 7.868 7.887 11.792 14.605 -0,19% +23,85%
Jan - Dec 10.293 10.292 7.530 6.827 7.096 8.330 10.076 14.489
Change (1) - -0,01% -26,83% -9,35% +3,94% +17,39% +20,96% +43,80%
Jan - Dec 10.293 10.292 7.530 6.827 7.096 8.330 10.076 14.489
Change (1) - -0,01% -26,83% -9,35% +3,94% +17,39% +20,96% +43,80%
USDA
The average monthly price is calculated on the weekly quotes.
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2012, 2017, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
  = min price
= max price