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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 21 Jan 2022
4,8600 / 5,0900 10.715 / 11.222 +0,61% 9.450 / 9.897 +1,57%
Friday 14 Jan 2022
4,8200 / 5,0700 10.626 / 11.177 +0,51% 9.283 / 9.765 -0,80%
Friday 7 Jan 2022
4,8000 / 5,0400 10.582 / 11.111 +0,82% 9.366 / 9.835 +1,07%
Friday 31 Dec 2021
4,7700 / 4,9900 10.516 / 11.001 0,00% 9.285 / 9.713 -0,14%
Friday 24 Dec 2021
4,7700 / 4,9900 10.516 / 11.001 0,00% 9.298 / 9.727 +0,18%
Friday 17 Dec 2021
4,7700 / 4,9900 10.516 / 11.001 +0,62% 9.282 / 9.710 +0,11%
Friday 10 Dec 2021
4,7500 / 4,9500 10.472 / 10.913 +0,10% 9.289 / 9.681 +0,26%
Friday 3 Dec 2021
4,7400 / 4,9500 10.450 / 10.913 +0,41% 9.255 / 9.665 +0,41%
Friday 26 Nov 2021
4,7200 / 4,9300 10.406 / 10.869 0,00% 9.216 / 9.626 -0,18%
Friday 19 Nov 2021
4,7200 / 4,9300 10.406 / 10.869 0,00% 9.232 / 9.643 +1,57%
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 10.905 +1,64% +41,03%
February 7.110 10.307 6.535 4.891 5.594 9.888 8.044
March 7.110 10.141 6.608 5.092 5.977 9.948 8.140
April 7.413 9.921 6.502 5.806 6.723 9.769 8.201
May 7.689 9.535 6.448 5.342 6.858 9.034 8.369
June 9.248 9.535 6.459 5.221 7.480 8.581 9.899
July 9.921 8.984 6.104 5.043 7.531 8.033 10.602
August 11.133 8.984 6.090 5.135 6.996 7.810 10.681
September 11.133 8.984 6.281 5.451 6.749 7.741 10.541
October 12.236 8.929 5.930 5.506 6.865 7.723 10.582
November 12.498 8.929 5.505 5.636 7.379 7.674 10.637
December 13.172 8.929 4.863 5.538 8.168 7.672 10.730
Jan - Jan 7.110 10.472 6.681 4.583 5.430 9.005 7.733 10.905
Change (1) - +47,29% -36,20% -31,41% +18,49% +65,83% -14,13% +41,03%
Jan - Dec 9.675 9.474 6.158 5.270 6.812 8.564 9.519
Change (1) - -2,07% -35,00% -14,42% +29,25% +25,72% +11,15%
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 21 Jan 2022
5,8500 / 5,9700 12.897 / 13.162 +0,60% 11.375 / 11.609 +1,56%
Friday 14 Jan 2022
5,8000 / 5,9500 12.787 / 13.118 +6,33% 11.171 / 11.459 +4,95%
Friday 7 Jan 2022
5,1000 / 5,9500 11.244 / 13.118 +2,60% 9.952 / 11.611 +2,85%
Friday 31 Dec 2021
4,9600 / 5,8100 10.935 / 12.809 0,00% 9.655 / 11.309 -0,14%
Friday 24 Dec 2021
4,9600 / 5,8100 10.935 / 12.809 0,00% 9.668 / 11.325 +0,18%
Friday 17 Dec 2021
4,9600 / 5,8100 10.935 / 12.809 +1,70% 9.651 / 11.305 +1,19%
Friday 10 Dec 2021
4,9200 / 5,6700 10.847 / 12.500 0,00% 9.622 / 11.089 +0,16%
Friday 3 Dec 2021
4,9200 / 5,6700 10.847 / 12.500 +0,19% 9.607 / 11.071 +0,19%
Friday 26 Nov 2021
4,9000 / 5,6700 10.803 / 12.500 0,00% 9.568 / 11.071 -0,18%
Friday 19 Nov 2021
4,9000 / 5,6700 10.803 / 12.500 0,00% 9.585 / 11.091 +1,57%
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 12.721 +7,87% +58,73%
February 7.330 10.935 6.676 6.961 6.787 8.231 8.489
March 7.330 10.935 7.804 6.989 6.838 8.341 9.226
April 7.702 10.472 7.909 6.837 6.961 8.816 9.341
May 8.212 10.141 7.895 6.738 6.983 8.596 9.557
June 10.251 10.141 7.804 6.693 7.046 8.515 10.163
July 11.133 9.673 7.771 6.735 7.093 8.488 10.368
August 12.236 9.755 7.716 6.717 7.100 8.488 10.527
September 12.236 9.893 7.804 6.785 7.052 8.334 10.747
October 12.952 10.114 7.719 6.939 7.162 8.157 10.998
November 12.952 10.141 7.311 6.876 7.490 8.047 11.651
December 13.448 10.141 7.059 6.796 7.868 7.887 11.792
Jan - Jan 7.330 11.078 6.807 6.862 6.763 8.061 8.014 12.721
Change (1) - +51,13% -38,55% +0,80% -1,45% +19,20% -0,59% +58,73%
Jan - Dec 10.293 10.292 7.530 6.827 7.096 8.330 10.076
Change (1) - -0,01% -26,83% -9,35% +3,94% +17,39% +20,96%
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