Dairy free products and dairy products prices are getting worse
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Dairy free items are becoming harder to find, especially as manufacturers try to reduce the number of products on the market.
Dairy free food is cheaper, but many consumers are also reluctant to shell out for the dairy products they buy.
Dairy products are also increasingly priced more expensive.
That has made them more difficult to find in stores and online, and some are also more expensive than they used to be.
Dairy prices are rising again, and this time for a good reason: they are being driven by the government.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says prices have been on a steep rise since 2009, partly because of the increase in US dairy production.
“With a recent increase in milk production, we’re seeing more and more dairy products sold at significantly higher prices,” says Mark Bittman, the US’s assistant secretary for health, nutrition and human resources.
Dairy producers have been working hard to lower prices in order to increase sales, and there are now fewer options available to consumers than before.
“In some cases, they have less and less options,” says Dr John Erskine, a dairy expert and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“If you go through a supermarket, they’ll often have more than one option.”
He points to brands such as Aldi and Whole Foods as examples.
“They’re very expensive,” he says.
“People can’t get Aldi, and they’re not going to go to Whole Foods to buy it.”
It is also making it harder for consumers to shop for dairy products online.
The dairy industry is fighting a losing battle against the increased competition in the marketplace, with some dairy farmers now choosing to buy products from other producers.
But some consumers have not been as willing to shell-out for their favourite brands.
The USDA says that in 2015-16, the average price of a dairy product was $5.79, compared to $6.07 in 2014-15.
That means that over the last two years, prices have risen by more than 50 per cent, compared with a similar period in 2014.
Many dairy products are now becoming more expensive in supermarkets, as well.
In February, the price of 1,100kg of milk was $1.25, compared, for example, to the price in February last year of $1 per 1,000g.
That’s a large difference.
But Dr Bitt, who is based in the US, says it is also driven by demand for milk and dairy goods in the country’s booming dairy farms.
“The dairy industry has been in a great position, because it is producing so much milk,” he explains.
“When it’s hard to find milk, you need more milk.
It’s not a problem that we’re facing now, but if there was a lot more supply, prices would rise.”
Dr Bitterman is not the only one who is worried about the increasing cost of dairy products.
Dairy producer Andrew Krumholz says that while the US dairy industry will continue to make money, he and his staff are having to cut back on production.
As well as reducing production, there are also fewer choices for consumers.
“We’re seeing people not buying as much,” he told the ABC.
“Now, what are we going to do with it?”
Dairy prices in Australia can be as high as $4 per kilogram, and the government has warned that a milk price rise of more than 5 per cent would be unacceptable.
“I’m not going into the price, but the price is going up,” Dr Biterman says.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says that there are more than 12,000 dairy farms in Australia, accounting for roughly 12 per cent of the country.
The majority of them are located in the south-west, which is the countrys largest region.
There are some regional farms, but they mostly produce milk from cows that are raised outside of the US.
“You don’t see that in the States, where dairy farmers have much more latitude,” Dr Krumholm says.
“[In the US] they’re getting really big.
They’ve been able to grow their businesses.
They’re not just getting milk out to the market in bulk.
They are putting their milk into the feed stores and being able to make a living off that.”
Dairy farmers in the South-West are struggling to compete with imports.
Dr Kromholz also believes that some producers are looking to the US for cheaper products.
“It’s a great opportunity to get that product into Australia,” he adds.
“But it’s not like we’re getting the milk from here.”
He says he would prefer to work in the USA, where he could buy more of his favourite products, rather than importing them.
“For us, the farm is a big part of our identity, and we want to maintain that identity,” he said.
“So if we’re able
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