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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 2 Apr 2021
3,6500 / 3,7500 8.047 / 8.267 -0,27% 6.851 / 7.038 +0,04%
Friday 26 Mar 2021
3,6700 / 3,7500 8.091 / 8.267 0,00% 6.867 / 7.017 +0,93%
Friday 19 Mar 2021
3,6700 / 3,7500 8.091 / 8.267 +0,41% 6.804 / 6.953 +0,76%
Friday 12 Mar 2021
3,6500 / 3,7400 8.047 / 8.245 +1,09% 6.743 / 6.910 +1,95%
Friday 5 Mar 2021
3,6200 / 3,6900 7.981 / 8.135 +0,10% 6.632 / 6.760 +0,83%
Friday 26 Feb 2021
3,6150 / 3,6875 7.970 / 8.130 0,00% 6.575 / 6.707 +0,15%
Friday 19 Feb 2021
3,6150 / 3,6875 7.970 / 8.130 +0,14% 6.565 / 6.697 -0,12%
Friday 12 Feb 2021
3,6050 / 3,6875 7.948 / 8.130 0,00% 6.564 / 6.714 -1,03%
Friday 5 Feb 2021
3,6050 / 3,6875 7.948 / 8.130 +0,73% 6.632 / 6.784 +2,01%
Friday 29 Jan 2021
3,5875 / 3,6525 7.909 / 8.052 +4,06% 6.517 / 6.635 +4,25%
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
2006 2011 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 % on prev. month % on 2020
January 7.077 9.218 6.731 6.681 4.583 5.430 9.005 7.733 +0,79% -14,13%
February 7.077 9.469 6.448 6.535 4.891 5.594 9.888 8.044 +4,03% -18,65%
March 7.077 9.882 5.809 6.608 5.092 5.977 9.948 8.140 +1,20% -18,17%
April 6.752 10.723 5.516 6.502 5.806 6.723 9.769 8.157 +0,20% -16,50%
May 6.724 10.913 5.527 6.448 5.342 6.858 9.034
June 6.724 10.913 5.509 6.459 5.221 7.480 8.581
July 6.724 10.957 5.997 6.104 5.043 7.531 8.033
August 6.683 10.968 6.285 6.090 5.135 6.996 7.810
September 6.559 10.968 6.714 6.281 5.451 6.749 7.741
October 6.614 10.637 6.774 5.930 5.506 6.865 7.723
November 6.669 10.637 6.636 5.505 5.636 7.379 7.674
December 6.669 10.637 6.663 4.863 5.538 8.168 7.672
Jan - Apr 7.000 9.876 6.126 6.583 5.093 5.934 9.614 7.968
Change (1) - +41,08% -37,97% +7,47% -22,64% +16,51% +62,03% -17,12%
Jan - Dec 6.777 10.519 6.227 6.158 5.270 6.812 8.564
Change (1) - +55,21% -40,80% -1,11% -14,42% +29,25% +25,72%
USDA
The average monthly price is calculated on the weekly quotes.
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2011, 2016, 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 2 Apr 2021
4,1500 / 4,3000 9.149 / 9.480 -0,12% 7.789 / 8.071 +0,19%
Friday 26 Mar 2021
4,1600 / 4,3000 9.171 / 9.480 +1,08% 7.784 / 8.046 +2,01%
Friday 19 Mar 2021
4,0900 / 4,2800 9.017 / 9.436 +0,24% 7.583 / 7.935 +0,59%
Friday 12 Mar 2021
4,0700 / 4,2800 8.973 / 9.436 +0,60% 7.519 / 7.907 +1,45%
Friday 5 Mar 2021
4,0500 / 4,2500 8.929 / 9.370 +3,49% 7.420 / 7.786 +4,24%
Friday 26 Feb 2021
3,8700 / 4,1500 8.532 / 9.149 +5,53% 7.039 / 7.548 +5,68%
Friday 19 Feb 2021
3,6500 / 3,9500 8.047 / 8.708 +0,10% 6.629 / 7.174 -0,16%
Friday 12 Feb 2021
3,6425 / 3,9500 8.030 / 8.708 0,00% 6.632 / 7.192 -1,03%
Friday 5 Feb 2021
3,6425 / 3,9500 8.030 / 8.708 0,00% 6.701 / 7.267 +1,28%
Friday 29 Jan 2021
3,6425 / 3,9500 8.030 / 8.708 +1,67% 6.617 / 7.176 +1,86%
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
2006 2011 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 % on prev. month % on 2020
January 7.000 9.325 6.861 6.807 6.862 6.763 8.061 8.014 +1,61% -0,59%
February 7.000 9.678 6.867 6.676 6.961 6.787 8.231 8.489 +5,93% +3,13%
March 7.000 10.009 6.129 7.804 6.989 6.838 8.341 9.226 +8,68% +10,61%
April 6.878 10.672 5.761 7.909 6.837 6.961 8.816 9.314 +0,96% +5,66%
May 6.834 10.825 5.795 7.895 6.738 6.983 8.596
June 6.834 10.825 5.716 7.804 6.693 7.046 8.515
July 6.834 11.301 6.129 7.771 6.735 7.093 8.488
August 6.793 11.420 6.418 7.716 6.717 7.100 8.488
September 6.669 11.420 6.770 7.804 6.785 7.052 8.334
October 6.724 11.188 6.818 7.719 6.939 7.162 8.157
November 6.779 11.188 6.738 7.311 6.876 7.490 8.047
December 6.779 11.188 6.779 7.059 6.796 7.868 7.887
Jan - Apr 6.971 9.965 6.394 7.329 6.917 6.837 8.345 8.589
Change (1) - +42,95% -35,84% +14,62% -5,63% -1,15% +22,05% +2,93%
Jan - Dec 6.842 10.783 6.404 7.530 6.827 7.096 8.330
Change (1) - +57,61% -40,61% +17,59% -9,35% +3,94% +17,39%
USDA
The average monthly price is calculated on the weekly quotes.
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2011, 2016, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
  = min price
= max price