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Cheesy Dairy Market Concerns

The chart of the week is the international cheddar and the CME block cheese markets. US cheese inventories are historically ample and September US cheese output was 4% larger than the previous year. Still, the cheese markets are moving higher. Actually, basically all of the dairy markets are moving upward. The first major culprit is the decline in US milk output. The trade is anticipating a decrease in the available supply of dairy products in the coming months. But another major reason is due… Continue

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 11:49am

Cheese Bullishness

The chart of the week is the US CME block cheese and international cheese markets. As one can tell from the chart, the two markets have trended fairly well together during the last eighteen months or so. Why is this? Well, the principal reason the surge in cheese prices started in the spring of 2007 and continued throughout most of 2008 is due to an increase in US cheese exports. You may remember the scenario. New Zealand, the world’s largest dairy exporting country, was in the midst of a two… Continue

Posted on October 15, 2009 at 1:48pm

Prime Beef Supplies

The chart of the week is the weekly number of cattle slaughtered that grade prime. As well documented for the past year, the percentage of cattle grading choice has been trending well above prior year averages. This is due to a couple of factors including the trend of cattle staying on pasture longer and entering feedlots with greater maturity. At times during the past year, the percentage of cattle grading prime has also trended well above prior year averages. Right now is one of those times.… Continue

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 3:51am

Beef Prices and the Aussies

The chart of the week is the value of the Australian dollar (versus the US dollar) and the US 90% beef trimmings market. What does one have to do with the other? Good question! First we remember that beef processors utilize trimmings to make various beef products including the ever popular hamburger. Typically, a hamburger processor will mix 90% beef trimmings with a fattier trim, say 50% trimmings, to make their product. In the US, we produce at lot of fattier beef trimmings. So much so that… Continue

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 3:56am — 1 Comment

Still watching chicken production...closely

The chart of the week is weekly chicken production and the boneless skinless chicken breast market. Chicken producers have pretty much kept chicken output curbed throughout 2009 thus far. However, as the chart indicates, chicken production has edged upward since July. Broiler egg set numbers during the spring and early summer, which give us an indication of pending chicken production levels, did trend ever so slightly upward from earlier in the year which is partially behind the increase in… Continue

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

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At 11:06am on December 15, 2008,
Connie, One Fat Frog
Thanks for permission on the article. Here's the link on the article. If you would prefer a different description or professional introduction please let me know- http://restaurantequipmenttogo.com/2008/12/15/a-recession-and-food-service-demand/
At 11:27am on August 8, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
As a fellow FohBoh member, I just want to say thanks for the valuable data you provide!
At 1:55pm on March 14, 2008, Betsy Robinson said…
Hi David...you should join the MEAT AND POTATOES group as you are the man with the info on quality!
At 2:45pm on February 1, 2008, Marla said…
Hi David, I grew up in Sarasota and miss the beaches terribly. I am looking forward to heading home next month for the "Chocolate Sundae" that I will be a part of with my brownie company. If you are attending please come say hi.

At 4:43am on January 23, 2008, Howard Appell said…
Welcome David:
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At 6:29pm on January 22, 2008, David Maloni said…
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