The Outlook Blog

What we’re seeing this week

It’s always good in these times to have something positive to talk about – and this week there’s a GDT event that resulted in a 1% increase in the price index. It was largely an SMP-led recovery, with contract prices rising 7.4% on average, in line with firming Northern Hemisphere prices. Steve and Jo discuss some of the more interesting trends in product categories and buyer activities.

In Australia it is the lead up to a challenging season. As some farmers emerge from drought conditions, there is also the realisation given what’s going on in the world that farmgate prices will be under pressure in the 2020/21 season. With the havoc being wreaked on global markets by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty over the new mandatory code impacts, you would have to be a mug to try and forecast what the farmgate price. Of course we give it a go!


Chart of the Week

EU-28 exports of SMP fell in double-digits for the fifth consecutive month in March. SMP exports were 65,887t – down 27% YOY. In the quarter to March, SMP exports fell by 24.3% YOY or 63,329t. SE Asia accounted for 74% of that decline.

In contrast, cheese exports continued to improve, increasing YOY in every month since July last year. In March, exports rose 9.7% YOY to 78,105t. CIS, North Africa and South Korea were the strongest cheese trade expansion regions for first quarter, jointly accounting for 73% of the total growth (23,000t). In this period, there was growth in all other regions except Japan and China & HK.

Butter exports continued their recovery, increasing in double digits YOY in every month since April 2019. In this period, EU butter exports rose 86,215t, with most of the growth into MENA (35,000t) and non-EU Europe (13,537t) but with increases in all other destination regions we track. Butter exports rose 83% to 20,608t in March, a 5-month high. WMP exports rose 17% YOY to 24,936t in March, but trends were patchy over the past year. WMP exports were up 6.1% for the March quarter relative to the comparable. Most of that growth was into North Africa (72%), which more than offset falling shipments to the Middle East and Central America.


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