JAPANESE MILK CARTON, ANIMAL MILK BINNERS, NUTRITION STORES, WALMART AND MORE ANIMALS TO REMEMBER JAPANS NEW MONDAY TO SATURDAY MOVEMENT The news that Japanese milk cartONs have vanished and that the supermarket giants Wal-Mart and Target are now selling their dairy products online is one of the biggest developments in the milk supply chain.
It was reported earlier this month that Target, Walmart and Kroger had all announced that they would no longer sell milk cartoons.
The move was welcomed by animal rights groups.
“There are a lot of animals in this world that need milk,” said Mike Gorman, the director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of California, Berkeley.
“We have to continue to raise milk to the level of their needs.”
However, there are still a lot more milk cows than there are milk cartones.
Last year, there were more than 13 million dairy cows in the US.
In Japan, milk production is a $6 billion industry and it is expected that dairy exports will continue to rise over the next decade.
“Japan has been on a milk revolution, and this is going to be the biggest milk revolution in history,” said David W. Prentice, an economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
“People are going to get more milk from milk, and people are going on a dairy journey.”
However many more milk cartón will disappear than there were in the past.
The supermarket giants have all confirmed that they will not be selling dairy products on their websites.
“Walmart and Target do not sell dairy products in their stores,” a Walmart spokesperson told the BBC.
“The company is working with Japanese authorities to determine the next course of action.”
Target has not commented on the disappearance of milk cartoon, but the company said that it “is working with the Japanese authorities on the issue.”
Meanwhile, milk cartone sales at Wal-mart are down more than 50 percent from last year.
“Milk cartons are no longer a common sight at Walmart, but it is still a huge source of revenue,” said Dan Borkenhaus, a food security analyst at the consulting firm CRS.
“When milk cartoning disappeared, Wal-Marts stock went up, and now we’re back down to where it was in 2005,” he said.
The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture has also confirmed that milk cartonen are no more, and will be phased out.
“As far as milk cartoni go, they are no going back,” a spokesman told Bloomberg.
“In the case of milk, there is no need to worry.”
However it seems the milk industry in Japan is on the back foot after this announcement, as the country’s dairy production has decreased by nearly 40 percent in the last 15 years.
“Japanese milk production has fallen by over 40 percent from 2006 to 2010,” said Taro Yamashita, the head of the National Dairy Council.
“This is mainly due to the economic recession.”
According to the Japanese government, dairy exports declined by nearly 7 percent in 2010.
Japan is also facing the most severe dairy price shocks in the developed world.
Last December, the price of a kilo of butter dropped by 20 percent.
Last month, a pound of milk dropped by 50 percent.
“While Japanese farmers have been getting a bit more support from the government in the form of lower milk prices, they’ve still been facing tough times,” said Borkanhaus.
“Farmers in the United States and Canada are in much better shape.”
According the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Japanese milk production was worth $2.5 billion last year, and the US exported about $5.2 billion.
The United States imported $9 billion of milk last year from Japan, and it exported $7.6 billion to Japan.
According to US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, “Japan’s dairy industry is in a critical position.
We will continue working with them as they continue to implement measures to protect and restore their production, and support their export business.”
However as Japan struggles to meet its food and dairy production goals, it is also faced with an economic crisis.
“At the beginning of this year, the Japan government announced that the country would no more export milk products,” said a Reuters report.
“However, a few weeks later, the situation was reversed.
The government said the government would export milk to Japan.”
However if Japan continues to experience a shortage of milk then the country will likely not be able to continue exporting milk products to other countries.