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EU-28: Butter production

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This page contains the European Butter production data, both in tables and charts.

The table offers as well the possibility to:

  • consult the monthly volumes and changes, by clicking on the years in the column headers,
  • access to the DairySheets by clicking on the names of the Member States of the EU.

The charts display:

  • a breakdown of the Butter production by Member States
  • the monthly and average daily Butter production,
  • the year-over-year changes of Butter production in the major EU Players,
  • the yearly Butter production of the last seven years,
  • the Butter production with rolling year

The balance sheet of Butter completes the information.

From the Eurostat Handbook: definition of "Butter"

A product with a milk fat content of not less than 80 % and less than 90 %, a maximum water content of 16 % and a maximum dry non-fat milk-material content of 2 %. Includes also butter which contains small amounts of herbs, spices, aromatic substances, etc. on the condition that the product retains the characteristics of butter.

UE-28: Production of Butter (Tons)
PAESE 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Var %
Austria 34.540 34.280 33.660 34.650 36.650 36.980 +0,9%
Belgium 35.770 44.120 48.940 57.550 64.600 63.770 -1,3%
Bulgaria 1.070 1.030 990 870 1.010 1.110 +9,9%
Croatia 3.940 4.020 4.060 4.130 4.680 4.330 -7,5%
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Czech Republic 27.350 28.640 28.700 27.980 25.790 23.810 -7,7%
Denmark 42.800 42.900 44.200 56.300 57.000 68.800 +20,7%
Estonia 3.400 4.500 5.100 5.100 4.300 4.800 +11,6%
Finland 53.140 57.460 63.230 64.180 61.770 59.900 -3,0%
France 406.590 445.210 446.990 435.400 411.980 419.480 +1,8%
Germany 491.460 489.180 517.300 516.100 496.780 483.890 -2,6%
Greece 760 640 740 1.040 850 1.060 +24,7%
Hungary 9.430 9.740 9.490 8.240 9.020 11.260 +24,8%
Ireland 152.050 166.380 187.480 198.700 223.670 236.840 +5,9%
Italy 98.360 100.500 94.060 93.100 91.220 90.430 -0,9%
Latvia 6.590 7.540 6.920 7.200 4.650 3.660 -21,3%
Lithuania 13.160 17.470 14.880 17.680 14.950 14.230 -4,8%
Luxembourg (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) -
Malta (c) (c) 0 0 0 0 -
Netherlands 133.200 140.500 147.500 161.300 148.900 140.500 -5,6%
Poland 164.140 170.950 187.700 203.930 213.020 221.760 +4,1%
Portugal 25.590 28.130 32.260 31.410 32.080 31.090 -3,1%
Romania 9.800 10.600 11.180 11.920 12.140 10.880 -10,4%
Slovakia 9.090 8.640 8.920 8.960 9.340 9.470 +1,4%
Slovenia 2.290 2.330 2.260 2.390 2.740 2.620 -4,4%
Spain 32.410 30.950 38.700 40.800 46.960 49.300 +5,0%
Sweden 21.600 21.690 21.840 21.730 17.290 16.380 -5,3%
United Kingdom 145.200 140.000 144.500 143.100 161.200 151.400 -6,1%
TOTAL EU-28 1.923.730 2.007.400 2.101.600 2.153.760 2.152.590 2.157.750 +0,2%
y-o-y % +4,3% +4,7% +2,5% -0,1% +0,2%  
(c) confidential data
NOTE:The data for the higlighted countries are confidential. These countries are not considered in the calculation of the total production.

Source: Eurostat, Stimato CLAL

Rolling year: for each month the chart visualizes the production in that month plus the production of the previous 11 months. With this method is always considered the total production in a time window of 12 months, so it is possible to identify the trend without the effect of seasonality.

EU Balance Sheet: Butter
'000 tons 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Dec 2018
Opening Stocks (1st Jan) (SI) 24 31 25 11 20 51 25 0
Production [D6000] (P) 1.894 1.940 1.924 2.007 2.102 2.154 2.153 2.158
Production of other fat dairy products [D6900] (P2) 310(e) 357(e) 339(e) 342(e) 331(e) 338(e) 329(e) n.d.
Imports (I) 45 44 42 50 24 21 15 20
Exports (E) 126 127 128 148 178 207 171 158
Final Stocks (SF) 31 25 11 20 51 25 0 0
   of which:
     - public 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     - private 29 25 11 20 51 25 0 0
Apparent Domestic Consumption (SI + P + P2 + I - E - SF ) 2.117 2.220 2.191 2.242 2.248 2.332 2.350 2.020
NOTE: Other Yellow Fat Dairy Products [D6900] production data of some Member States are confidential and are NOT included in this table.
(e): estimated; n.a.: not available
Sources: Production: Eurostat; Import/Export: IHS;Stock (Public + Private): European Commission; Apparent Domestic Consumption: Processed by CLAL