Dairy industry lagging behind consumer preferences
February 26, 2020 By Nicole Heslip Filed Under: Dairy, News
An ag economist
says the make-up of how dairy is consumed has changed but overall consumption
is the highest since 1975.
David Widmar with Ag Economic Insights tells Brownfield milk consumption per capita has grown by about 100 pounds over the past 40 years.
“We were at about 540 pounds of consumption per person and now we’re up about 640 pounds.”
In that time, butter
and cheese consumption has risen while fluid milk has trended lower at the same
time the U.S. population has nearly doubled.
have also emerged according to Widmar including increased whole milk
consumption and declining yogurt consumption in the last five years and some
processors haven’t been able to remain nimble through changes in consumer
“When we make these long-term capital investments in processing facilities, we have to make some assumptions to where the future might be for the consumption of dairy.”
Many analysts expect processing plants to undergo industrywide changes in the coming years to better reflect consumer demand and shifts in where milk is produced to align with current dynamics.
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