Producers started to offer SMP in the area of 2.52 – 2.54 EUR/kg EXW, explaining this with poor availability of goods. Prices for skimmed milk powder are the highest since the beginning of 2020. Buyers will have to revert to buying as their stocks are running out. This will most probably keep pressure on the prices as most producers are already sold out for Q2.
Interest in FCMP is not decreasing. Not nearly as much in the EU, as in export directions. The prices reach 3.25 – 3.30 EUR/kg. Those are also record levels for the last year, and they will probably not drop any time soon, as prices in Oceania are even higher. New contracting might build up the quotations.
The interest of WPC is constantly growing. European producers sold out their quantities at the prices of 6.30 EUR/kg EXW a long time ago. Moreover, they believe in further price building.
Despite the increased production of WPC the price of permeate does not suffer from it and is quite stable.
There is a lot of uncertainty on the cheese market. It is mainly caused by lockdowns in many European countries. We have large discrepancies in the prices of Gouda / Edam between the price expectations of buyers (approx. 2.98 – 3.02 EUR/kg DAP) and producers (approx. 3.05 – 3.10 EUR/kg). To maintain export quotas and business relationships, additional milk supply is going into cheese production. This situation took a toll on pricing in Western Europe. Spot transactions turned out to have more elasticity, than long term purchasing.
Many market players made positional purchases of butter and at the same time end customers have already done their shopping. This temporarily lack of demand resulted in a slight correction on the market. However, at the end of the week, orders from the discount chain increased, which gave the butter producers a little boost. Even though, the prices are now the highest since the beginning of 2021. This will change soon as spring vegetables are growing and then large amounts of cream end up in liquid form, not butter.
Last week milk was available across the Europe and prices for skimmed and raw milk slightly diminished. Another cold week slowed down milk intake in some regions. At the beginning of the week, prices of cream dipped, but later on interest grew, and they rebounded as well. We will see if it is a start of a longer trend. SMC faintly lower by ca 50 EUR/MT of dry matter. There are places where it even gets below 2000 EUR/MT. The availability of SWC is stable.