Edwin Lloyd, general manager commercial, at Maxum Foods said despite the challenges posed by ground and sea logistics affecting most major supply chains, it is difficult to see any major disruption in the supply and demand landscape that could upset these settings through the remainder of 2021 and into Q1-2022.

Lloyd said northern hemisphere milk production will grow at a slower pace, while much focus in the short-term will be on the NZ season. Despite the ongoing drive to vaccinate populations, the worst affected food market channels will continue to gradually recover as new rules for living with Covid become accepted, while the damage to incomes will affect affordability, he added.

“Demand for dairy commodities remains steady as a gradual shift towards eating-out continues, although the challenges of managing the Delta variant of Covid (and others that will emerge) in unvaccinated populations will mean continued restrictions…

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