(AP) Dairy producers are celebrating after selling $2 billion worth of quark products in a single day.
Quark Dairy, a Colorado-based company that sells a variety of dairy products including dairy-free cheese, milk, butter and cream, reported Wednesday that its products grew more than 10% in the week ended March 6 to $1.64 billion.
That beats last year’s record of $1 billion sales, which was the highest sales per unit since 1999.
Quarks are one of the key ingredients used to make the world’s most expensive commodity: rare-earth minerals, which are key to making jewelry and other expensive items.
Quarks are also a key ingredient in many energy-efficient home appliances.
Quarries and other natural quark-rich minerals make up about one-fifth of the world supply.
The company has been selling quark in powdered form, which can be used to produce energy-saving LED lights, for more than 20 years.
Quartiles, a Canadian company that supplies the company with raw quark, said it also sold quark powder.
Quarges were first discovered in the 1980s.
They are used to boost the quark’s magnetic properties, which allows them to be formed in a variety and in different shapes.
It also helps the mineral bind with other minerals, such as nickel and titanium, to form a solid block of quarks.
Quars are made in a process called ionization, which heats them to a high temperature to produce a powder that can be processed into bars, bars of quars, and more bars of the same quark.
The companies are also making quark pellets for use in food, cosmetics, automotive parts, and other products.