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Cheese Producers News: Cheese Market Trends in the Midwestern U.S.

Cheesemakers in the midwestern United States are reporting an uptick in milk availability, but competition between spot milk prices and Class III is heating up. Midwestern wholesale cheese prices remain unchanged for Swiss cuts, but are up $.0500 for process and $.1100 for all other types.

Plants across the region are experiencing high demand, as buyers are attempting to get ahead of potential market swings. Although some plants are undergoing maintenance, production remains high, with many contacts noting that extra loads are spoken for before coming off the line. As is typical, milk availability is seasonally starting to dip.

Data From July 17 - 21, 2023

Blue 5 pounds: low 1.9925, high 3.2025
Brick 5 pounds: low 1.7225, high 2.2900
Cheddar 40 pound Block: low 1.4450, high 1.9875
Monterey Jack 10 pounds: low 1.6975, high 2.0450
Mozzarella 5-6 pounds: low 1.5225, high 2.6100
Muenster 5 pounds: low 1.7225, high 2.2900
Process American 5 pound Loaf: low 1.3825, high 1.8500
Swiss 6-9 pound Cuts: low 3.0550, high 3.1575

The availability of milk continues to be a source of tension in the region, as Midwestern cheesemakers warily eye the fluctuating market. As always, it’s important to keep up with the news and developments in the cheese industry in order to stay ahead of the competition.

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