Israel exporting more dairy products – Arutz Sheva

An analysis by the Israel Export Institute's Economy Department showed that Israel's export of dairy products in 2017 rose 21% from that of 2016, bringing in a total of $21 million.

Most of the exports were to the European Union (EU).

This trend continued in the first quarter of 2018, with January-March 2018 showing a 10% increase in dairy exports in comparison to the same period the previous year. During those three months, dairy exports brought $5.6 million to the Israeli economy.

Most of the increase was thanks to 29% increase in the export of dairy products to North America. While exports to the continent decreased in 2015-2016, they began to recover starting in 2017. However, during the period between 2011-2015, dairy exports brought in an average of $28 million annually.

In 2017, Israel's exports to North America grew 51%, while exports to the EU grew 29% and those to Asia grew 15%. North American exports brought in $10.6 million, for a rise of 4.5% from 2016, while those to the EU brought in $6 million. Exports to Asia rose 12%, bringing in $3 million.

The first quarter of 2018 saw 62% of exports shipped to North America, bringing in a total of $3.5 million. Exports to the EU comprised 38% of the total, and brought in $1.6 million, while those to Asia brought in $300,000 – a drop of 64% when compared to the same period in 2017.

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The Dark Side Of Dairy Shavuot – The Forward – Forward

Shavuot begins at sunset on May 19th this year, and, as always, it will mark a celebration full of dairy-rich delicacies. While each bite of blintz or cheesecake is sure to be tasty, it’s also important to remember that overindulging in dairy products — or choosing the wrong type of dairy — can cause a host of health issues.

Now, I’m not telling you to give up your favorite treats — I’m simply telling you to be mindful and to be mindful as you’re making your plates this Shavuot season, and every other time of year. Here are the top reasons why:

Dairy can cause digestive troubles

Lactose intolerance refers to an impaired ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and other dairy products. It’s estimated that around 65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy, and lactose intolerance is especially common in people of West African, Arab, Jewish, Greek and Italian descent.

If you’re lactose intolerant, consuming dairy products can result in some really unpleasant symptoms including bloating, gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and headaches. And even if you don’t have an allergy or intolerance, it’s the lactose that often makes conventional dairy products generally difficult to digest.

Low-fat dairy can lead to weight gain (and other issues)

If you’ve been prepping your Shavuot meals with low-fat dairy options in the hopes that you’ll avoid gaining a few extra pounds, I have some news: Low-fat dairy may actually cause you to gain weight.

Mainstream dietary recommendations still encourage low-fat dairy even though recent research supports the consumption of dairy in its more natural, full-fat state. For example, a 2016 study published in Circulation looked at over 3,300 subjects and found that people with higher levels of dairy fatty acids in their bloodstream had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who ate less full-fat dairy.

Meanwhile, another 2016 study published in The American Journal of Nutrition analyzed the habits of more than 18,000 women and discovered that the women who consumed more full-fat dairy were 8 percent less likely to be overweight or obese compared to the low-fat dairy group. Not only can full-fat dairy leave you feeling more satisfied and fuller longer, it also helps to balance dairy’s natural sugar content. It makes sense, then, that dairy — like many other natural foods — are best consumed in their original, whole form.

Conventional dairy causes major concerns

From hormones to overprocessing, there are multiple reasons why conventional dairy is not a healthy choice. The health of the animal and the processing methods of a milk can categorize dairy as either one of the healthier foods in the world or one of the worst. For starters, if you’re eating milk, yogurt, butter and cheese that comes from conventionally raised cows (i.e. your dairy products aren’t designated as “organic” and from cows that were “grass-fed”) that are regularly given antibiotics, you are actually consuming those same antibiotics, and your dairy intake may actually be a contributing factor to widespread antibiotic resistance.

In addition, the majority of cows used to produce conventional dairy products (as well as conventional meat) are grain-fed, which results in dairy (and meat) that is less nutrient-rich and healthy for the consumer. A few years back, scientists published a study showing that milk from organic, grass-fed cows contains much higher levels of brain- and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, along with lower levels of inflammatory fats typically found in milk from grain-fed, conventionally raised cows.

If you’re going to consume dairy, grass-fed, organic dairy is definitely a healthier choice than conventional.

Not Going Raw

When your ancestors had milk or cheese, it was nothing like the products typically found on grocery store shelves. In all likelihood, they consumed raw dairy from grass-fed cows that was unpasteurized and non-homogenized. As a result, so it was naturally rich in probiotics, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that actually help with the digestion of dairy.

Raw milk consumption may even reduce asthma and allergy occurrence, according to research. In fact, a large study of school-aged children found that children who drank raw milk were less likely to develop allergies as well as asthma. Raw milk is also one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. It’s an especially great way to obtain calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are three minerals both children and adults are commonly deficient in these days.

Unfortunately, conventional dairy products are so heavily processed that they lose many of the healthy components naturally found in dairy — components which actually make dairy easier to digest and more tolerable for many people.

It can be hard to find, but when it comes to buying dairy, my first choice is fermented dairy from organic, grass-fed goats or sheep. If you opt for cow’s milk dairy products, always look for ones that are organic and grass-fed. Or, if you’re interested in following a dairy-free diet but still enjoying some of your favorite foods, plant-based dairy alternatives like coconut milk or almond milk can serve as great substitutes.

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Schumer: Eliminate trade barriers on dairy exports – Glens Falls Post-Star

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer wants trade officials to persuade Canada to eliminate trade barriers on dairy exports while renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

North Country farmers and lawmakers have argued that Canadian policies on U.S. dairy products, including its 270 percent tariff on fluid milk, have inhibited the ability to sell goods across the border and deal with the oversupply of milk. Excess milk in national and international markets have caused Northeast prices to remain low in recent years.

In order to improve dairy farmers’ ability to sell to Canada, Sen. Schumer, D-N.Y.; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., urged President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and other representatives to strike a deal with Canada that will terminate its high tariffs and other barriers.

“With Speaker Ryan’s and Senator Baldwin’s help, we now have a real opportunity to churn the tide and hopefully fix the unfair Canadian dairy trade barriers that have plagued dairy farmers and producers from the Finger-Lakes to Central New York to Wisconsin,” Sen. Schumer said in a statement.

The bipartisan effort from lawmakers also advocates an increase in U.S. farmers’ ability to export nonfat dry milk to Canadian markets.

Ronald C. Robbins, owner of North Harbor Dairy in Hounsfield, said Canada established Class 7 pricing for milk powder in 2016, which established “substantial” tariffs on exports of it and allowed Canadian producers to sell it cheaper than other countries.

The new pricing system, which wasn’t accounted for in NAFTA, not only affected earnings from milk powder, but all milk products, Mr. Robbins said. U.S. milk prices are based on concentrations of fat, protein and other contents, and Mr. Robbins said the influx of milk powder, or milk protein concentrate, reduced the protein value and overall value of their milk.

“They’re basically dumping (milk powder) on the world market,” Mr. Robbins said.

Producers in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Europe have increased their milk production in recent years to satisfy the growing demand for ice cream, butter and other products that require milk with higher concentrations of butterfat, said Andrew M. Novakovic, a professor of agriculture economics at Cornell University, Ithaca.

These countries, however, have struggled to find to find homes for the milk protein they produced during this effort, Mr. Novakovic said. Canadian producers remedy was to sell its milk protein products at significantly lower prices in the international market, which inhibited producers from other countries.

“It was about the price of protein that got Schumer and Ryan worked up,” he said.

Both Mr. Robbins and Carthage farmer John D. Peck said they felt Canada has “taken advantage of” its trade relationship with U.S. dairy producers and supported the recent push from Mr. Ryan and Sens. Schumer and Baldwin.

“Hopefully, this will draw enough attention so trade negotiators can give us some long-term benefit,” Mr. Robbins said. “It’s a big piece of our future.”

Mr. Peck, who owns Peck Homestead Farm, said modifications for the three-decade-old trade agreement are “way overdue,” because it fails to account for advancements in milk processing and technology.

A revised agreement could provide a “fair footing” for U.S. farmers, Mr. Peck said, particularly by addressing the Class 7 pricing for milk powder.

“The milk has gone sour in NAFTA and we need to make it fresh again,” he said.

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April 20, 2018 10:50 a.m.

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Five products from Umpqua Dairy have been judged to be the best in the northwest.

That announcement was made at the recent 107th annual Oregon Dairy Industries Conference.

A release from Umpqua Dairy says they received the Sweepstakes Award in both Ice Cream and Cultured Products judging competition. The company’s cottage cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream were judged the best in the northwest. Umpqua Dairy was also awarded second place for chocolate milk in the Fluid Milk Division.

The dairy products were judged by an independent judging team from Oregon State University and the dairy industry. The release says they were judged on flavor, appearance, body and texture. Sweepstakes awards were given to the single company that scored highest overall in judging in each of the various product categories.

Director of Plant Operations John Harvey says the company is “thrilled to once again bring home the sweepstakes trophy for our ice cream, as well as the sweepstakes award for our cultured products”. Harvey says to be honored with such awards by their peers is “the highest compliment one can receive”.

Umpqua Dairy remains the largest independent dairy in southern Oregon.

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Researching using dairy by-products to make beer –

The challenge researchers were facing was breaking down the acid whey to make it react with the yeast. One possible solution they are exploring is adding barley.

Cornell researchers are looking into ways to make beer out of a dairy by-product.

Sam Alcaine is an Assistant Professor of Dairy Fermentation at Cornell University. His latest project is finding a more profitable used for leftover acid whey for yogurt farmers.

“But it is rich in lactose and rich in minerals so the question is what else can we do with it besides sending it to farms to be applied to the soil or feeding it to cattle,” Alcaine said.

The big idea is to use it to brew beer.

“I kind of put that hat on and said hey, there’s sugar here…how do we convert it into an interesting alcoholic beverage,” he added.

The challenge researchers were facing was breaking down the acid whey to make it react with the yeast. One possible solution they are exploring is adding barley.

“So it turns out barely has some natural enzymes in it that also have activity against lactose so we could break down the lactose into simple sugars that traditional brewer’s yeast could use and make a beer that way…by adding acid whey to the malt,” Alcaine said.

Turning a dairy by-product into beer isn’t traditional, so the question is, what does it taste like?

“It comes across more like a sour beer, like a gose or something like that, so there is that kind of reference in the beer world,” Alcaine said.

With New York being the yogurt capital of the country and one of the biggest dairy producers, the economic impact of this beer breakthrough could go a long way.

“Also for small cheese and yogurt makers it’s another economic model they could put into their business to actually help support them,” Alcaine added.

While the drinks they’re testing in the lab aren’t quite ready for your local bar, Alcaine said they aren’t far off.

“It could come to market within the next year if we find the right partners,” he added.

This means you could see dairy beer moo-ving onto shelves sooner rather than later.

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Area Organic Dairy Farmers Struggle With Low Milk Prices – U.S. News & World Report

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Half of Dairy Consumers in the US Also Use Dairy Alternatives, New Research Out of Cargill Shows – Nutritional Outlook

Up to 50% of U.S. dairy consumers surveyed in a recent global study said they also consume dairy alternatives. This result comes from a global survey Cargill (Minneapolis) recently conducted in 13 countries and whose results the company presented at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in March. The U.S. results discussed here are based on a survey population of 840 adults.

Cargill focused on four of the most popular types of dairy/non-dairy products U.S. adults buy: yogurt, flavored milk, ice cream, and dairy alternatives. It asked users whether and how they consume the dairy products (defined as made from the milk of animals) versus how they consume non-dairy products (such as milk or ice cream made from plants like almonds, rice, etc.).

While the survey found a strong contingent of responders (67%) who said they regularly consume real dairy products, the survey also yielded this striking fact: up to 50% of respondents said they either consume both dairy- and dairy-alternative products, or that they prefer dairy alternatives but will still also consume real-dairy products. Only 12% of respondents said they are true “dairy avoiders.”

The survey yielded other insights. Of the 104 survey respondents who said they avoid or limit real-dairy consumption, 35% indicated that their number one reason for avoiding dairy products is lactose intolerance, followed by reasons such as “dairy sensitivity/allergy” (26%), “avoiding added growth hormones” (24%), and “to reduce my saturated fat consumption” (24%). Up to 20% said they avoid dairy for animal-rights/cruelty issues, while only 7% said they avoid dairy because they don’t like its taste. A full 21% said they had never tried dairy alternatives.

Respondents also ranked which dairy-alternative ingredients they like best. The survey asked the 105 respondents who said they consume dairy alternatives which alternative-dairy sources they have tried and liked. Almond took first place (80%), followed by coconut (59%), soy (50%), cashew (47%), rice (43%), fruit-based (30%), grain-based (27%), “other nuts” (26%), and pea (12%).

Finally, the survey asked respondents how they felt about a number of dairy and non-dairy issues. Some of the key takeaways included: 1) clean-label expectations are important in dairy, 2) more respondents said they seek dairy products for bone health than digestive health, 3) sugar content is important to those purchasing dairy products for children, and 4) barriers to entry for dairy alternatives include taste, the perception of not being as satisfying as full-dairy products, and higher price.

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United States Dry, Condensed, And Evaporated Dairy Products Market 2018 – Analysis And Forecast to 2025 … – Business Wire (press release)

Dry, Condensed, And Evaporated Dairy Products Market – Analysis And
Forecast to 2025”
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The report provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. dry, condensed, and
evaporated dairy products market. It presents the latest data of the
market size and volume, domestic production, exports and imports, price
dynamics and turnover in the industry. In addition, the report contains
insightful information about the industry, including industry life
cycle, business locations, productivity, employment and many other
crucial aspects. The Company Profiles section contains relevant data on
the major players in the industry.

Product Coverage:

  • Dry milk products and mixtures
  • Milk products, shipped in consumer-type cans, excluding substitutes
  • Concentrated milk products, shipped in bulk (barrels, drums, and tanks)
  • Ice cream mixes and related products
  • Dairy product substitutes
  • Dry, condensed, and evaporated dairy product manufacturing

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

1.1 Report Description

1.2 Report Structure

1.3 Research Methodology

2. Executive Summary

2.1 Key Findings

2.2 Market Trends

3. Market Overview

3.1 Market Value

3.2 Trade Balance

3.3 Market Opportunities

3.4 Market Forecast to 2025

4. Domestic Production

4.1 Production from 2008-2016

4.2 Production by Type

4.3 Production by State

4.4 Producer Prices

5. Imports

5.1 Imports from 2007-2016

5.2 Imports by Type

5.3 Imports by Country

5.4 Import Prices by Country

6. Exports

6.1 Exports from 2007-2016

6.2 Exports by Type

6.3 Exports by Country

6.4 Export Prices by Country

7. Competitive Landscape

7.1 Industry Snapshots

7.2 Industry Life Cycle

7.3 Business Locations

7.4 Employment

7.5 Annual Payroll

7.6 Industry Productivity

7.7 Establishment Size and Legal Form

8. Company Profiles

  • Nestle
  • The Hain Celestial Group
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition Company
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Darigold
  • Kaneka Americas Holding
  • Cytosport
  • Standard Candy Company
  • Bongards’ Creameries
  • Davisco Foods International
  • Lifeway Foods
  • Associated Milk Producers
  • Saputo Dairy Foods
  • Gerber Products Company
  • Blyth
  • O-At-Ka Milk Products Cooperative
  • Musclepharm Corporation
  • Valentine Enterprises
  • Agropur Msi
  • Nestle Holdings
  • Synutra International
  • Plainview Milk Products Cooperative
  • The First District Association
  • Dean Holding Company

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Why is there a milk, dairy farm crisis in Pennsylvania? – York Daily Record/Sunday News

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An iconic central Pennsylvania industry is in the midst of a historic crisis, with some dairy farmers’ milk contracts being canceled and others struggling to pay bills.

“We would lose the farm,” said Alisha Risser, a Lebanon County dairy farmer who’s 17-year milk contract was recently canceled. The farm’s only customer is giving them 90 days to find another purchaser.

Farmers in several Pennsylvania counties, including Franklin, Lancaster and Lebanon, are in a similar position, with milk purchaser Dean Foods making a “difficult decision” to terminate milk procurement contracts, according to director of corporate communications Reace Smith.

More: Dairy farmers explore option of selling cows as milk prices plummet

An estimated 120 farms in several states are believed to be affected.

For those fortunate enough to have a intact contract, the industry is still brutally tough.

​”We’re unfortunately not able to cover all our bills” with the current price of milk, said Gabrielle Wentworth, dairy farmer and executive assistant for York County Agricultural Business Council. Her contract with Land O’Lakes is still in place, but she has her “fingers crossed” that things will get better in the future.

There’s not one single reason for the industry’s struggles, but there are a number of companies, groups and people who have played a significant role in the recent downturn.

“It’s not a good situation for dairymen anywhere,” said Jack Martin, a Waynesboro area farmer.


Dairy farmers in the Midwest are benefiting from a new Walmart milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their gain is likely Pennsylvania farmers’ loss.

“By operating our own plant and working directly with the dairy supply chain in the Midwest, we’ll further reduce operating costs and pass those savings on to our customers so that they can save money,” said Tony Airoso, senior vice president of sourcing strategy for Walmart.

Industry observers say Walmart’s move is a major factor in Dean Foods’ decision to end contracts this spring.

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United States Department of Agriculture regulations championed by Michelle Obama and enacted in 2012 cracked down on the dairy options provided to students in schools, leaving students with less flavorful milk options.

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The low-fat options allowed in schools simply don’t taste as good and fewer students are developing the habit of drinking milk, Wentworth said.

Some of those regulations have begun to be rolled back under Trump’s presidency, but Wentworth said the changes have already deeply impacted milk sales.

Trendy ‘milk’ drinkers

Almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk: they’re not technically milk, and they’re big competition for dairy products.

Forbes reports people are increasingly finding dairy alternatives to combat increasing lactose intolerance, for purported health benefits and because of sustainability concerns. It also reports that dairy has come under fire for a number of health concerns, including the industry’s use of bovine growth hormone.

Wentworth thinks the non-dairy products simply have better marketing.

But the growth of dairy alternatives is just part of bigger picture. Americans are drinking less milk than they used to: 42 percent less than they did in 1970, to be exact.

And while some dairy products like cheese and yogurt are more popular, it’s not enough to make up the difference.

The dairy industry

Demand for dairy is down, but production is up. From an economics perspective, that’s a bad place to be.

Wentworth said happy cows produce a lot of milk, so farmers like her struggle to limit milk production.

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But some in the industry are working to combat the oversupply.

Waynesboro area dairyman JasonMartin said Land O’ Lakes — the buyer of his milk — has a system that encourages farmers to limit their milk production. The cooperative penalizes farmers financially for producing more milk at a time when there’s a surplus at the milk plant.

Others have criticized the agricultural industry at large for its reliance on government subsidy.

“Congress Gives Massive Subsidies to Farmers — It Shouldn’t,” Daren Bakst titled his 2016 commentary on the subject for the conservative Heritage Foundation.

He believes the result of government subsidies for the industry is “less choice for consumers, distorted prices, reduced innovation, and onerous government influence over a portion of the American economy.”

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UPDATE 1-Global dairy prices fall as New Zealand supply ramps up – Reuters

    * Global dairy prices slip 0.6 pct
    * Whole milk powder falls 0.8 pct
    * Increased supply from NZ curbs outlook for price gains -

 (Recasts, adds analyst comment, market reaction)
    By Charlotte Greenfield
    WELLINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - Global dairy prices slipped
for the second time in a row at a fortnightly auction held early
on Wednesday morning as an influx of supply from New Zealand
curbed buying.
    The Global Dairy Trade Price index fell 0.6 percent, with an
average selling price of $3,593 per tonne, said auction platform
GDT Events.
    The index had edged down 0.5 pct at the previous sale,
snapping three consecutive auctions of gains.
    Whole milk powder (WMP), the most widely traded item, fell
0.8 percent after New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra         
increased the amount of powder on offer, though that was still a
better result than the 2.5 percent drop expected by derivatives
    "Fonterra had increased its WMP offer volumes ahead of this
event as milk flows start to improve, so buyers are unlikely to
feel as much urgency to secure product," said Amy Castleton,
dairy analyst at AgriHQ.
    New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, had
suffered from curbed supply caused by unusually dry weather late
last year, which had pushed up prices. Wetter weather in recent
weeks led to a more favorable outlook for supply, which meant
further price gains were likely to be muted. 
    "From here, we expect prices to ease further through to the
end of the season. We expect NZ production to improve on the
back of the increased rainfall. In turn, this improved
production should put modest downward pressure on prices," said
Nathan Penny, ASB economist.
    The auction results can affect the New Zealand dollar
         as the dairy sector generates more than 7 percent of
the nation's gross domestic product.
    However, Wednesday's auction had little impact on the
currency, which had soared almost 1 percent overnight on
improved global risk sentiment and a weaker U.S. dollar. 
    A total of 19,292 tonnes was sold at the latest auction,
falling 4.8 percent from the previous one, the auction platform
said on its website.   
    GDT Events is owned by Fonterra but operates independently
from the dairy giant.
    U.S.-listed CRA International Inc          is the trading
manager for the twice-monthly Global Dairy Trade auction.
    A number of companies, including Dairy America and Murray
Goulburn         , use the platform to sell milk powder and
other dairy products.
    The auctions are held twice a month, with the next one
scheduled for March 20.

 (Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield
Editing by Gareth Jones)
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