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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)

Survey Date
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 11 Oct 2019
2,9825 / 3,1700 6.575 / 6.989 0,00% 5.954 / 6.329 -0,83%
Friday 4 Oct 2019
2,9825 / 3,1700 6.575 / 6.989 -0,04% 6.004 / 6.382 -0,19%
Friday 27 Sep 2019
2,9625 / 3,1925 6.531 / 7.038 0,00% 5.973 / 6.436 +0,87%
Friday 20 Sep 2019
2,9625 / 3,1925 6.531 / 7.038 +1,07% 5.921 / 6.381 +1,67%
Friday 13 Sep 2019
2,9400 / 3,1500 6.482 / 6.945 0,00% 5.841 / 6.259 -0,62%
Friday 6 Sep 2019
2,9400 / 3,1500 6.482 / 6.945 +2,57% 5.878 / 6.298 +2,65%
Friday 30 Aug 2019
2,8400 / 3,0975 6.261 / 6.829 0,00% 5.673 / 6.188 +0,43%
Friday 23 Aug 2019
2,8400 / 3,0975 6.261 / 6.829 -8,69% 5.649 / 6.162 -8,75%
Friday 16 Aug 2019
3,0800 / 3,4225 6.790 / 7.545 0,00% 6.131 / 6.812 +1,10%
Friday 9 Aug 2019
3,0800 / 3,4225 6.790 / 7.545 -5,11% 6.064 / 6.738 -6,47%
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 US
Average Monthly prices of Rennet Casein
2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 % on prev. month % on 2018
January 7.881 11.067 8.730 6.731 6.681 4.583 5.430 -1,94% +18,49%
February 7.441 11.133 8.433 6.448 6.535 4.891 5.594 +3,02% +14,38%
March 7.441 11.133 8.433 5.809 6.608 5.092 5.977 +6,84% +17,37%
April 6.476 10.968 7.881 5.516 6.502 5.806 6.723 +12,48% +15,78%
May 6.338 10.968 7.881 5.527 6.448 5.342 6.858 +2,01% +28,38%
June 6.338 10.968 7.881 5.509 6.459 5.221 7.480 +9,08% +43,28%
July 6.338 10.692 7.055 5.997 6.104 5.043 7.531 +0,68% +49,34%
August 6.338 10.593 6.931 6.285 6.090 5.135 6.996 -7,11% +36,25%
September 6.382 10.555 6.889 6.714 6.281 5.451 6.749 -3,53% +23,81%
October 6.559 9.921 6.669 6.774 5.930 5.506 6.782 +0,49% +23,17%
November 7.220 9.921 6.614 6.636 5.505 5.636
December 7.385 9.921 6.614 6.663 4.863 5.538
Average 6.840 10.652 7.507 6.227 6.158 5.270 6.604
Change (1) - +55,74% -29,52% -17,05% -1,11% -14,42% +26,92%
USDA
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for year 2014, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
  = min price
= max price
Survey Date
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 11 Oct 2019
3,1250 / 3,2850 6.889 / 7.242 0,00% 6.239 / 6.558 -0,83%
Friday 4 Oct 2019
3,1250 / 3,2850 6.889 / 7.242 +0,16% 6.291 / 6.613 +0,01%
Friday 27 Sep 2019
3,1200 / 3,2800 6.878 / 7.231 0,00% 6.290 / 6.613 +0,87%
Friday 20 Sep 2019
3,1200 / 3,2800 6.878 / 7.231 +0,08% 6.236 / 6.556 +0,68%
Friday 13 Sep 2019
3,1175 / 3,2775 6.873 / 7.226 0,00% 6.194 / 6.512 -0,62%
Friday 6 Sep 2019
3,1175 / 3,2775 6.873 / 7.226 +0,43% 6.233 / 6.553 +0,51%
Friday 30 Aug 2019
3,1025 / 3,2650 6.840 / 7.198 0,00% 6.198 / 6.522 +0,43%
Friday 23 Aug 2019
3,1025 / 3,2650 6.840 / 7.198 -1,93% 6.172 / 6.495 -1,99%
Friday 16 Aug 2019
3,1850 / 3,3075 7.022 / 7.292 0,00% 6.340 / 6.583 +1,10%
Friday 9 Aug 2019
3,1850 / 3,3075 7.022 / 7.292 +0,12% 6.271 / 6.512 -1,32%
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 US
Average Monthly prices of Acid Casein
2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 % on prev. month % on 2018
January 7.595 11.442 9.281 6.861 6.807 6.862 6.763 -0,49% -1,45%
February 6.944 11.464 8.929 6.867 6.676 6.961 6.787 +0,36% -2,50%
March 6.862 11.464 8.929 6.129 7.804 6.989 6.838 +0,75% -2,16%
April 6.366 11.464 8.295 5.761 7.909 6.837 6.961 +1,81% +1,81%
May 6.195 11.442 8.212 5.795 7.895 6.738 6.983 +0,32% +3,64%
June 6.173 11.354 8.212 5.716 7.804 6.693 7.046 +0,91% +5,28%
July 6.206 11.243 7.165 6.129 7.771 6.735 7.093 +0,66% +5,32%
August 6.228 11.243 7.165 6.418 7.716 6.717 7.100 +0,09% +5,69%
September 6.283 11.147 7.165 6.770 7.804 6.785 7.052 -0,68% +3,94%
October 6.471 10.362 6.900 6.818 7.719 6.939 7.066 +0,20% +1,83%
November 7.165 10.362 6.834 6.738 7.311 6.876
December 7.330 10.362 6.834 6.779 7.059 6.796
Average 6.649 11.113 7.832 6.404 7.530 6.827 6.964
Change (1) - +67,14% -29,53% -18,23% +17,59% -9,35% +2,06%
USDA
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for year 2014, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
  = min price
= max price