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Caseins, US

This page contains the wholesale prices for Rennet and Acid Casein, recorded on a weekly basis by USDA - Dairy Market News.

The cheese prices recorded over the last ten weeks are listed in the table, while the graphs below illustrates price trends in € and in local currency.

The graph below compares Casein prices (both Rennet and Acid) and Cheddar prices in the US over a given period.


N.B.:
Cow's milk contains about 3.3% total protein:
  • 80% of which is made up of large casein aggregates;
  • 20% of which is made up of much smaller and finely dispersed whey proteins.
The term casein (from the Latin word for cheese, caseus) refers to the primary component of milk proteins. Casein is obtained from skimmed milk, through rennet or acid precipitation.

Rennet Casein or Acid Casein is produced depending on the substance used for the precipitation.

Acid casein, whose precipitation is mainly generated through the use of hydrochloric acid (sometimes sulphuric acid), is employed by the chemical industry (to produce colours, glues, glossy paper and sealants), the food industry (as coffee whitener and cheese spreads) and in the production of pet food.

Besides being a basic ingredient in the production of any type of cheese, rennet casein, which is obtained from skimmed milk, through rennet precipitation, is employed by the food industry (in the production of cereal flakes, cheese sauces and certain meats) as well as the chemical industry (Galalite, Lanital).

(The content on this page was prepared with input from Pier Luigi Vecchia, Food Technologist)

US - Weekly prices of Rennet Casein
US $ per lb US $ per ton € per ton
min / max min / max ± on prev. price min / max ± on prev. price
Friday 19 Jul 2024
3,4000 / 3,8000 7.496 / 8.378 0,00% 6.883 / 7.693 0,00%
Friday 12 Jul 2024
3,4000 / 3,8000 7.496 / 8.378 0,00% 6.883 / 7.693 -0,61%
Friday 5 Jul 2024
3,4000 / 3,8000 7.496 / 8.378 0,00% 6.925 / 7.740 -1,10%
Friday 28 Jun 2024
3,4000 / 3,8000 7.496 / 8.378 +4,35% 7.002 / 7.826 +4,18%
Friday 21 Jun 2024
3,3000 / 3,6000 7.275 / 7.937 -2,82% 6.807 / 7.426 -2,84%
Friday 14 Jun 2024
3,4000 / 3,7000 7.496 / 8.157 0,00% 7.015 / 7.633 +1,98%
Friday 7 Jun 2024
3,4000 / 3,7000 7.496 / 8.157 0,00% 6.878 / 7.485 -0,42%
Friday 31 May 2024
3,4000 / 3,7000 7.496 / 8.157 0,00% 6.907 / 7.517 -0,11%
Friday 24 May 2024
3,4000 / 3,7000 7.496 / 8.157 0,00% 6.915 / 7.525 +0,04%
Friday 17 May 2024
3,4000 / 3,7000 7.496 / 8.157 -1,39% 6.912 / 7.522 -1,98%
n.q.: not quoted price
Source: USDA
Informative note
NOTE: The conversion US $ / € for each quotation is calculated using the exchange rate of the previous day.

Prices are U.S. $/MT (Metric Ton= 2,204.6 pounds) SPOT SALES AND UP TO 3 MONTH CONTRACTS. PRICES ARE F.O.B., U.S. WAREHOUSE FOR EDIBLE NONRESTRICTED AND VARY ACCORDING TO MESH SIZE AND QUALITY.
USD

$/ton

2009 2014 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 % on prev. month % on 2023
January 7.881 11.067 5.430 9.005 7.733 10.924 13.161 7.992 +2,69% -39,28%
February 7.441 11.133 5.594 9.888 8.044 11.021 13.051 8.267 +3,45% -36,66%
March 7.441 11.133 5.977 9.948 8.140 11.239 12.888 8.124 -1,73% -36,97%
April 6.476 10.968 6.723 9.769 8.201 11.393 12.484 8.019 -1,29% -35,76%
May 6.338 10.968 6.858 9.034 8.369 11.921 10.734 7.870 -1,86% -26,68%
June 6.338 10.968 7.480 8.581 9.899 12.131 10.086 7.799 -0,91% -22,68%
July 6.338 10.692 7.531 8.033 10.602 12.346 9.921 7.937 +1,77% -20,00%
August 6.338 10.593 6.996 7.810 10.681 12.379 9.921
September 6.382 10.555 6.749 7.741 10.541 13.100 9.237
October 6.559 9.921 6.865 7.723 10.582 13.602 8.377
November 7.220 9.921 7.379 7.674 10.637 13.338 7.716
December 7.385 9.921 8.168 7.672 10.730 13.161 7.782
Jan - Jul 6.889 10.992 6.507 9.132 8.725 11.588 11.742 8.003
Change (1) - +59,55% -40,80% +40,35% -4,46% +32,81% +1,33% -31,84%
Jan - Dec 6.840 10.652 6.812 8.564 9.519 12.235 10.412
Change (1) - +55,74% -36,05% +25,72% +11,15% +28,54% -14,90%
USDA
The monthly, cumulative and annual prices are arithmetic averages calculated on the basis of the weekly prices.
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2014, 2019, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
  min price
max price
US - Weekly prices of Acid Casein
US $ per lb US $ per ton € per ton
min / max min / max ± on prev. price min / max ± on prev. price
Friday 19 Jul 2024
3,7000 / 4,1000 8.157 / 9.039 +1,30% 7.490 / 8.300 +1,30%
Friday 12 Jul 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 0,00% 7.490 / 8.098 -0,61%
Friday 5 Jul 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 0,00% 7.536 / 8.147 -1,10%
Friday 28 Jun 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 +2,67% 7.620 / 8.238 +2,50%
Friday 21 Jun 2024
3,6000 / 3,9000 7.937 / 8.598 -2,60% 7.426 / 8.045 -2,62%
Friday 14 Jun 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 0,00% 7.633 / 8.252 +1,98%
Friday 7 Jun 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 0,00% 7.485 / 8.092 -0,42%
Friday 31 May 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 0,00% 7.517 / 8.126 -0,11%
Friday 24 May 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 0,00% 7.525 / 8.135 +0,04%
Friday 17 May 2024
3,7000 / 4,0000 8.157 / 8.819 +2,67% 7.522 / 8.132 +2,05%
n.q.: not quoted price
Source: USDA
Informative note
NOTE: The conversion US $ / € for each quotation is calculated using the exchange rate of the previous day.

Prices are U.S. $/MT (Metric Ton= 2,204.6 pounds) SPOT SALES AND UP TO 3 MONTH CONTRACTS. PRICES ARE F.O.B., U.S. WAREHOUSE FOR EDIBLE NONRESTRICTED AND VARY ACCORDING TO MESH SIZE AND QUALITY.

$/ton

2009 2014 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 % on prev. month % on 2023
January 7.595 11.442 6.763 8.061 8.014 12.800 14.605 8.267 +2,74% -43,40%
February 6.944 11.464 6.787 8.231 8.489 13.100 13.903 8.405 +1,67% -39,54%
March 6.862 11.464 6.838 8.341 9.226 14.082 13.481 8.322 -0,98% -38,27%
April 6.366 11.464 6.961 8.816 9.341 14.473 12.690 8.157 -1,99% -35,72%
May 6.195 11.442 6.983 8.596 9.557 14.603 11.271 8.400 +2,97% -25,48%
June 6.173 11.354 7.046 8.515 10.163 14.674 10.637 8.433 +0,39% -20,73%
July 6.206 11.243 7.093 8.488 10.368 15.079 10.403 8.524 +1,09% -18,06%
August 6.228 11.243 7.100 8.488 10.527 15.322 9.659
September 6.283 11.147 7.052 8.334 10.747 15.300 8.598
October 6.471 10.362 7.162 8.157 10.998 14.936 8.157
November 7.165 10.362 7.490 8.047 11.651 14.633 7.826
December 7.330 10.362 7.868 7.887 11.792 14.605 8.047
Jan - Jul 6.624 11.412 6.923 8.430 9.302 14.160 12.403 8.353
Change (1) - +72,28% -39,33% +21,76% +10,34% +52,23% -12,41% -32,65%
Jan - Dec 6.649 11.113 7.096 8.330 10.076 14.498 10.728
Change (1) - +67,14% -36,15% +17,39% +20,96% +43,89% -26,00%
USDA
The monthly, cumulative and annual prices are arithmetic averages calculated on the basis of the weekly prices.
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2014, 2019, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
  min price
max price