The price of raw milk received by farmers in our country depends to a significant extent on the price of processed milk and dairy products imported by large transnational retailers that dominate the Romanian retail trade. The increase in the price of milk at international level will determine them to bring more expensive products, thus allowing the Romanian milk and dairy producers to raise the prices, and in the end the farmers will also benefit from an increase for the raw material they produce. .
Globally, the demand for dairy products has growth prospects, stagnant production and declining stocks – a combination of factors that anticipate an increase in milk prices, informs Agrointel.
China and the rest of the emerging world are driving global consumption of milk and dairy products, according to an estimate by analyst Patty Clayton of DairyCo, one of the world’s largest intelligence providers in the dairy market.
The increase in urbanization, the changes in culinary habits with the increase in education and sophistication and last but not least the increase in average income have been positive in terms of milk consumption in China.
The increase in milk consumption in China supports global growth through imports made by this country – international deliveries to China growing at a dizzying pace over the last 10 years: 406,000 tons in 2010, 550,000 tons in 2011, 715,000 tons in 2012.
According to Chinese statistics, domestic milk production amounts to about 35 million tons, given that the average production obtained from a cow for a year is 4-4,600 kg of milk – a third of that obtained in Western countries.
For reasons of consumer sophistication (international diet) and low confidence in food quality and safety standards (toxic milk scandal in 2008), consumers in the new Chinese bourgeoisie prefer non-Chinese milk and dairy products. increase in imports.
After China, India, Russia and Latin American countries are also supporting the increase in demand for milk and dairy products internationally.
At the same time, bad weather at several important times of the year – prolonged winters, dry summers – has led to stagnant milk production in countries in the northern hemisphere such as the US, Canada and the European Union, but also in the south, Australia and New Zealand.
At EU level, milk production decreased between April 2012 and February 2013 by 0.5%, of the major producers in the bloc only Germany and Poland managing to keep their level unchanged.