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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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2021 2022 Var % Period
Austria 34.650 36.650 36.980 36.540 38.110 36.670 14.460 12.660 -12,4% Jan - Apr '22
Belgium 57.550 64.600 64.240 111.960 122.590 109.650 44.960 33.580 -25,3% Jan - Apr '22
Bulgaria 870 1.010 1.110 1.060 1.030 1.040 330 430 +30,3% Jan - Apr '22
Croatia 4.130 4.680 4.330 4.580 5.040 4.520 1.460 1.670 +14,4% Jan - Apr '22
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Apr '22
Czech Republic 27.980 25.790 23.810 26.170 26.950 25.780 10.480 10.830 +3,3% Jan - May '22
Denmark 56.300 57.000 74.000 74.700 72.700 81.500 27.400 30.400 +10,9% Jan - Apr '22
Estonia 5.100 4.300 4.900 5.200 5.000 3.900 1.800 2.000 +11,1% Jan - May '22
Finland 64.180 61.770 59.900 60.900 62.690 58.750 26.560 25.470 -4,1% Jan - May '22
France 435.400 411.980 420.280 414.230 413.100 407.490 147.390 147.530 +0,1% Jan - Apr '22
Germany 516.100 496.780 484.041 497.104 506.436 471.059 173.075 165.980 -4,1% Jan - Apr '22
Greece 1.040 850 1.110 1.200 1.450 1.660 560 740 +32,1% Jan - Apr '22
Hungary 8.240 9.020 9.370 8.630 9.200 9.230 3.910 5.870 +50,1% Jan - May '22
Ireland 198.700 223.670 237.840 251.070 264.720 275.600 74.690 72.280 -3,2% Jan - Apr '22
Italy 95.400 91.220 95.580 96.200 94.010 98.470 33.170 34.290 +3,4% Jan - Apr '22
Latvia 7.200 4.650 3.220 3.280 3.370 3.100 1.310 1.090 -16,8% Jan - May '22
Lithuania 17.680 14.950 14.160 14.430 15.050 10.750 4.520 5.360 +18,6% Jan - May '22
Luxembourg (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) - Jan - Apr '22
Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Apr '22
Netherlands 161.300 148.900 153.800 136.400 133.500 137.700 51.700 48.000 -7,2% Jan - Apr '22
Poland 203.930 213.020 221.760 224.610 243.300 231.410 83.140 80.270 -3,5% Jan - Apr '22
Portugal 31.410 32.080 31.090 30.490 31.820 30.730 10.990 10.290 -6,4% Jan - Apr '22
Romania 11.920 12.140 10.880 10.670 12.170 11.190 4.120 3.640 -11,7% Jan - Apr '22
Slovakia 8.960 9.340 9.470 9.900 11.050 10.610 4.740 4.330 -8,6% Jan - May '22
Slovenia 2.390 2.740 2.620 2.560 2.620 2.470 760 740 -2,6% Jan - Apr '22
Spain 40.800 46.960 49.300 45.679 43.500 34.070 14.360 10.120 -29,5% Jan - Apr '22
Sweden 21.730 17.290 16.380 17.170 17.510 17.950 6.860 7.290 +6,3% Jan - Apr '22
TOTAL EU-27 2.012.960 1.991.390 2.030.171 2.084.733 2.136.916 2.075.299 732.415 703.810 -3,9% Jan - Apr '22
y-o-y % -1,1% +1,9% +2,7% +2,5% -2,9%      
(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 2.137
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 48
Exports (E) 224 240 260 295 253 244 296 312
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 2.066 2.084
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