Cheese production levels are mixed across the country, according to USDA’s Dairy Market News. Good supplies of milk in the Northeast have cheese makers running near full schedules. Meanwhile, milk in the Midwest is steady, but cheese orders are often ahead of supply. Hot weather in the West is reducing milk volumes available for manufacturing. Cheese plants are often using condensed skim or nonfat dry milk to supplement tight milk supplies.
Domestic cheese demand is good with buyers often finding it more difficult to access extra loads. Stocks are sufficient for most immediate needs. Process buyers are increasing orders to build their stocks. Mozzarella manufacturers are getting increased orders as school lunch programs place orders for the new year. Export orders have slowed, allowing more cheese to be sold domestically.
Source: DairyBusiness Update Daily