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EU-27: 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-27: Production of Butter (Tons)
COUNTRY 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2020 2021 Var % Period
Austria 33.660 34.650 36.650 36.980 36.540 38.110 23.850 23.540 -1,3% Jan - Jul '21
Belgium 48.940 57.550 64.600 64.240 111.960 122.590 72.850 74.180 +1,8% Jan - Jul '21
Bulgaria 990 870 1.010 1.110 1.060 1.030 600 600 0,0% Jan - Jul '21
Croatia 4.060 4.130 4.680 4.330 4.580 5.040 2.540 2.580 +1,6% Jan - Jul '21
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Jul '21
Czech Republic 28.700 27.980 25.790 23.810 26.170 26.950 15.570 14.520 -6,7% Jan - Jul '21
Denmark 44.200 56.300 57.000 74.000 74.700 72.700 44.000 53.600 +21,8% Jan - Jul '21
Estonia 5.100 5.100 4.300 4.900 5.200 5.000 3.000 2.400 -20,0% Jan - Jul '21
Finland 63.230 64.180 61.770 59.900 60.900 62.690 38.220 35.860 -6,2% Jan - Jul '21
France 446.990 435.400 411.980 420.280 414.230 413.020 255.330 247.930 -2,9% Jan - Jul '21
Germany 517.300 516.100 496.780 484.041 497.104 506.436 307.032 293.743 (e)

-4,3% Jan - Jul '21
Greece 740 1.040 850 1.110 1.200 1.450 780 940 +20,5% Jan - Jul '21
Hungary 9.490 8.240 9.020 9.370 8.630 9.200 5.620 7.110 +26,5% Jan - Jul '21
Ireland 187.480 198.700 223.670 237.840 251.070 264.720 160.960 167.150 +3,8% Jan - Jul '21
Italy 95.900 95.400 91.220 95.580 96.200 96.430 55.140 56.350 (e)

+2,2% Jan - Jul '21
Latvia 6.920 7.200 4.650 3.220 3.280 3.730 2.270 1.780 -21,6% Jan - Jul '21
Lithuania 14.880 17.680 14.950 14.160 14.430 15.050 10.030 6.240 -37,8% Jan - Jul '21
Luxembourg (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) - Jan - Jul '21
Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Jul '21
Netherlands 147.500 161.300 148.900 153.800 136.400 131.800 76.400 84.800 +11,0% Jan - Jul '21
Poland 187.700 203.930 213.020 221.760 224.610 243.300 144.660 136.410 -5,7% Jan - Jul '21
Portugal 32.260 31.410 32.080 31.090 30.490 31.820 19.550 19.210 -1,7% Jan - Jul '21
Romania 11.180 11.920 12.140 10.880 10.670 12.170 6.960 6.470 -7,0% Jan - Jul '21
Slovakia 8.920 8.960 9.340 9.470 9.900 11.050 6.480 6.210 -4,2% Jan - Jul '21
Slovenia 2.260 2.390 2.740 2.620 2.560 2.620 1.340 1.230 -8,2% Jan - Jul '21
Spain 38.700 40.800 46.960 49.300 45.679 43.500 27.520 22.430 -18,5% Jan - Jul '21
Sweden 21.840 21.730 17.290 16.380 17.170 17.510 11.650 11.280 -3,2% Jan - Jul '21
TOTAL EU-27 1.958.940 2.012.960 1.991.390 2.030.171 2.084.733 2.137.916 1.292.352 1.276.563 (e) -1,2% Jan - Jul '21
y-o-y % +2,8% -1,1% +1,9% +2,7% +2,6%      
(e) estimated data
(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, ISTAT, BLE, 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.

UE-27 Balance Sheet: Butter
'000 tons 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Dec 2020
Opening Stocks (1st Jan) (SI) 25 11 20 51 25 0 0 0
Production [D6000] (P) 1.779 1.867 1.959 2.013 1.991 2.030 2.085 2.138
Production of other fat dairy products [D6900] (P2) 247(e) 259(e) 204(e) 225(e) 217(e) 209(e) 204(e) 210(e)
Imports (I) 72 76 56 59 57 69 73 49
Exports (E) 224 240 260 295 253 243 297 312
Final Stocks (SF) 11 20 51 25 0 0 0 0
   of which:
     - public 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     - private 11 20 51 25 0 0 0 0
Apparent Domestic Consumption (SI + P + P2 + I - E - SF ) 1.887 1.953 1.928 2.028 2.037 2.065 2.065 2.085
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, Import/Export: Eurostat; Stock (Public + Private): European Commission; Apparent Domestic Consumption: Processed by CLAL