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Frozen dairy product production up on the year

USDA’s 2021 annual dairy product report shows how production has shifted with more foodservice demand following the start of the pandemic.

Total cheese production totaled more than 13 billion pounds, up 3.5 percent from 2020 with Wisconsin production accounting for more than a quarter of it. Italian cheese and American cheese both made up slightly more than 40 percent of the production mix each.

Butter production totaled more than 2 billion pounds, down 3.5 percent from the prior year.  California accounted for nearly a third of production.

Nonfat dry milk was up nearly four percent from 2020 and skim milk powder was up fractionally.  Dry whey production was down nearly three percent while lactose was up almost three percent from the previous year. 

Frozen yogurt production was up more than 32 percent while sherbet was up 10 percent, the largest category shifts as food service normalized from the start of the pandemic.  Ice cream production was down on the year.

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