Milk Prices Getting ‘Whey’ Out Of Line

Dow Jones & Company's MarketWatch predicted that the national average price for a gallon of milk could reach $5 by September. Pressures brought about by transportation fuel, drought and operational issues have already driven the retail cost of milk over $3 per gallon. As a result, the dairy industry is being forced to increase rates for the production of whey used in supplements and other goods.

The Bigger Picture: Whey is a byproduct of cheese making. It takes 100 pounds of milk to make 10 pounds of full-fat cheese. The remaining fluid whey is 93% water, but retains over half the milk's non-fat solids. As a rule, every pound of cheese produced generates half a pound of whey solids. This solid whey must then be dried and processed for a variety of applications. Whey protein isolates are the purest and most expensive form, containing over 90% protein. Of course, if you've been fueling your workouts with high-quality supplements, you realize the true value of this exceptionally refined whey protein.
Leave a Comment
Aug 02, 2007
The price of milk is getting redicilous and needs to be brought down
Aug 03, 2007
any ideas for lowering the price?
Aug 09, 2007
Start buying cows to have as home pets :)
Brian David
Aug 13, 2007
Milk is delicious
Lady P
Aug 16, 2007
I wonder what a gallon of milk costs in Hawaii.
Aug 17, 2007
Hawaii consumers pay about $6 per gallon (unless you shop at Costco). Milk takes 5 days to be shipped in and must be pateurized a second time before it can be sold. Local milk is getting harder to get as dairies close.