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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 17 Aug 2018
2,3500 / 2,5000 5.181 / 5.512 +8,74% 4.557 / 4.847 +10,84%
Friday 10 Aug 2018
2,1700 / 2,2900 4.784 / 5.049 +2,53% 4.128 / 4.356 +2,78%
Friday 3 Aug 2018
2,0700 / 2,2800 4.564 / 5.027 0,00% 3.928 / 4.327 +0,85%
Friday 27 Jul 2018
2,0700 / 2,2800 4.564 / 5.027 0,00% 3.895 / 4.290 -1,09%
Friday 20 Jul 2018
2,0700 / 2,2800 4.564 / 5.027 -9,38% 3.938 / 4.338 -8,83%
Friday 13 Jul 2018
2,2500 / 2,5500 4.960 / 5.622 0,00% 4.255 / 4.822 +0,44%
Friday 6 Jul 2018
2,2500 / 2,5500 4.960 / 5.622 +1,27% 4.236 / 4.801 +0,18%
Friday 29 Jun 2018
2,1900 / 2,5500 4.828 / 5.622 -0,16% 4.168 / 4.854 -0,55%
Friday 22 Jun 2018
2,1975 / 2,5500 4.845 / 5.622 -0,47% 4.199 / 4.872 +1,18%
Friday 15 Jun 2018
2,2500 / 2,5200 4.960 / 5.556 0,00% 4.229 / 4.736 +0,90%
n.q.: not quoted price
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.
Source: USDA
USD
$/ton US
Average Monthly prices of Rennet Casein
2008 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 % on prev. month % on 2017
January 12.919 9.149 11.067 8.730 6.731 6.681 4.583 -5,76% -31,41%
February 12.919 9.342 11.133 8.433 6.448 6.535 4.891 +6,72% -25,16%
March 12.919 9.370 11.133 8.433 5.809 6.608 5.092 +4,12% -22,94%
April 12.919 9.934 10.968 7.881 5.516 6.502 5.806 +14,03% -10,70%
May 12.919 10.064 10.968 7.881 5.527 6.448 5.342 -8,00% -17,16%
June 12.919 10.307 10.968 7.881 5.509 6.459 5.221 -2,26% -19,17%
July 12.919 10.582 10.692 7.055 5.997 6.104 5.043 -3,41% -17,38%
August 12.837 10.626 10.593 6.931 6.285 6.090 5.019 -0,47% -17,59%
September 12.070 10.720 10.555 6.889 6.714 6.281
October 10.968 10.692 9.921 6.669 6.774 5.930
November 10.968 10.692 9.921 6.614 6.636 5.505
December 10.968 10.692 9.921 6.614 6.663 4.863
Average 12.358 10.150 10.652 7.507 6.227 6.158 5.130
Change (1) +27,74% +7,13% +4,94% -29,52% -17,05% -1,11% -20,28%
USDA
1) change from the same period of previous year
  = 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 17 Aug 2018
2,9900 / 3,1000 6.592 / 6.834 -0,33% 5.798 / 6.011 +1,59%
Friday 10 Aug 2018
2,9100 / 3,2000 6.415 / 7.055 +0,33% 5.536 / 6.088 +0,57%
Friday 3 Aug 2018
2,8900 / 3,2000 6.371 / 7.055 0,00% 5.485 / 6.073 +0,85%
Friday 27 Jul 2018
2,8900 / 3,2000 6.371 / 7.055 0,00% 5.438 / 6.022 -1,09%
Friday 20 Jul 2018
2,8900 / 3,2000 6.371 / 7.055 -0,65% 5.498 / 6.088 -0,05%
Friday 13 Jul 2018
2,9100 / 3,2200 6.415 / 7.099 0,00% 5.503 / 6.089 +0,44%
Friday 6 Jul 2018
2,9100 / 3,2200 6.415 / 7.099 +0,49% 5.479 / 6.063 -0,59%
Friday 29 Jun 2018
2,9000 / 3,2000 6.393 / 7.055 0,00% 5.520 / 6.091 -0,39%
Friday 22 Jun 2018
2,9000 / 3,2000 6.393 / 7.055 +0,66% 5.541 / 6.114 +2,34%
Friday 15 Jun 2018
2,9000 / 3,1600 6.393 / 6.967 0,00% 5.451 / 5.939 +0,90%
n.q.: not quoted price
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.
Source: USDA
$/ton US
Average Monthly prices of Acid Casein
2008 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 % on prev. month % on 2017
January 13.117 10.196 11.442 9.281 6.861 6.807 6.862 -2,80% +0,80%
February 13.117 10.279 11.464 8.929 6.867 6.676 6.961 +1,45% +4,26%
March 13.117 10.307 11.464 8.929 6.129 7.804 6.989 +0,40% -10,45%
April 12.787 10.486 11.464 8.295 5.761 7.909 6.837 -2,17% -13,55%
May 12.787 10.747 11.442 8.212 5.795 7.895 6.738 -1,45% -14,66%
June 12.787 11.023 11.354 8.212 5.716 7.804 6.693 -0,66% -14,24%
July 12.787 11.133 11.243 7.165 6.129 7.771 6.735 +0,63% -13,33%
August 12.721 11.177 11.243 7.165 6.418 7.716 6.720 -0,22% -12,90%
September 12.263 11.299 11.147 7.165 6.770 7.804
October 11.354 11.243 10.362 6.900 6.818 7.719
November 11.354 11.243 10.362 6.834 6.738 7.311
December 11.354 11.243 10.362 6.834 6.779 7.059
Average 12.464 10.842 11.113 7.832 6.404 7.530 6.821
Change (1) +21,10% +5,34% +2,50% -29,53% -18,23% +17,59% -9,81%
USDA
1) change from the same period of previous year
  = min price
= max price