The Outlook Blog

What we're seeing - 22 August 2018

This week we’re discussing the hot topics surrounding dairy trade around the globe, based on our latest Global Dairy Directions Trade Insights report. Ranging from the big picture to regional trends, we’re tracking the import and export volume and price trends for the first half of 2018. June trade activity was well down on a strong comparative last year, but there are some interesting regional and product-based sub-plots.  

 The US is an often mentioned topic over the past weeks, we turn our attention to regional milk production and how the hot weather has impacted growth throughout the country.  


Chart of the Week

GDT: fats hammered– At GDT event 218, the price index fell 3.6% as all commodities fell, except rennet casein. Butter lost 8.5%. There were falls across all contracts, most significantly in the short-term with October and November deliveries down 11.8% and 8.8%. Meanwhile, AMF was down 6.8% with all contracts lower, September and November contracts were down 9.2%. Cheddar was also down 4.9%, there were falls in all contract periods, most significantly for short-term deliveries.    

 Powders dropped with WMP prices down 2.5%. All contracts fell, the biggest fall recorded for September deliveries, down 8.2%. SMP shedding 1.1%, down across all contracts. September and November dropped 3.8% and 2.7%, respectively.     

 Prior to the auction, Fonterra has increased its butter and AMF volumes on offer for this event from its previous 2 August forecast. Butter volumes were up 8.1% from the prior event and 20.1% higher than the same auction last year. AMF volumes were lifted up 1.9% from the previous auction and 21.5% higher from the same event last year.  

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