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US cheese mountain grows

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  • Jan 11th, 2019 3:07 pm
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US cheese mountain grows

US cheese mountain grows. Demand down (still annual per capita consumption of 37 lbs), supply up. So all the surplus gets turned into cheese which has grown every month for 5 1/2 years.

The solution seems to be the old "we lose money on every (gallon) we sell but we'll make it up in volume". I guess the mega dairies are scaling up to drive their per-unit production costs down and hopefully drive their small competitors out of business at the same time.
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thriftshopper wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 11:48 pm
US cheese mountain grows. Demand down (still annual per capita consumption of 37 lbs), supply up. So all the surplus gets turned into cheese which has grown every month for 5 1/2 years.

The solution seems to be the old "we lose money on every (gallon) we sell but we'll make it up in volume". I guess the mega dairies are scaling up to drive their per-unit production costs down and hopefully drive their small competitors out of business at the same time.
American Pizza places should offer a promotion with "Double cheese".
That ought to help...
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And yet Trump still whines about our dairy industry when his own is just as disfunctional.
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mrweather wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 6:51 am
And yet Trump still whines about our dairy industry when his own is just as disfunctional.
That's an understatement.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 12:08 am
They doesnt the government buy it and feed everyone.
Free cheese for all.
I take it you don't eat the stuff? I really don't think they can give very much more away than is already being sold because no one would want to take it. I tried generic U.S. cheese (from Wisconsin - which was the biggest dairy-producing state at that time) about 40 years ago and found it to be pretty tasteless (even worse than cheap cheese in Canada which I find saltiness is the first thing once tastes) and that hasn't really improved. Even some premium/better dairies like Tillamook make increasingly flavourless cheese. Unfortunately poor quality milk is being dumped into cheese which doesn't make for anything that tastes good.
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thriftshopper wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 12:33 pm
I take it you don't eat the stuff? I really don't think they can give very much more away than is already being sold because no one would want to take it. I tried generic U.S. cheese (from Wisconsin - which was the biggest dairy-producing state at that time) about 40 years ago and found it to be pretty tasteless (even worse than cheap cheese in Canada which I find saltiness is the first thing once tastes) and that hasn't really improved. Even some premium/better dairies like Tillamook make increasingly flavourless cheese. Unfortunately poor quality milk is being dumped into cheese which doesn't make for anything that tastes good.
True... i once bought a 500gram block of walmart great value cheese for $2.99 the price was right.
But it was bland... is it like that or worst?
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Back in the day, they used to give cheese as part of the food stamps program or perhaps it was a food bank IIRC.

My ameri-relative used to give me a block of cheese that was 12" x 4" x 4"

Grilled cheese for I don't know how many sandwiches.
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