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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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2017 2018 Var % Periodo
Austria 34.970 34.540 34.280 33.660 34.650 36.650 21.590 22.980 +6,4% Jan - Jul '18
Belgium 58.390 35.770 44.120 48.940 57.550 64.600 36.150 43.320 +19,8% Jan - Jul '18
Bulgaria 1.120 1.070 1.030 990 870 1.010 660 770 +16,7% Jan - Aug '18
Croatia 4.350 3.940 4.020 4.060 4.130 4.680 2.890 2.730 -5,5% Jan - Aug '18
Cyprus 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Jul '18
Czech Republic 28.240 27.350 28.640 28.700 27.980 25.790 17.560 15.590 -11,2% Jan - Aug '18
Denmark 38.500 42.800 42.900 44.200 56.300 57.000 39.500 54.300 +37,5% Jan - Aug '18
Estonia 4.000 3.400 4.500 5.100 5.100 4.300 2.700 3.300 +22,2% Jan - Aug '18
Finland 51.510 53.140 57.460 63.230 64.180 61.770 42.520 41.260 -3,0% Jan - Aug '18
France 420.580 406.590 445.210 446.990 435.400 410.910 282.930 290.820 +2,8% Jan - Aug '18
Germany 488.780 491.460 489.180 517.300 516.100 496.780 296.930 292.010 -1,7% Jan - Jul '18
Greece 890 760 640 740 1.040 850 490 610 +24,5% Jan - Jul '18
Hungary 8.800 9.430 9.740 9.490 8.240 9.020 5.710 7.570 +32,6% Jan - Aug '18
Ireland 145.010 152.050 166.380 187.480 198.700 223.670 137.480 163.230 +18,7% Jan - Jul '18
Italy 93.700 98.360 100.500 94.060 93.100 94.060 60.950 59.870 -1,8% Jan - Aug '18
Latvia 5.620 6.590 7.540 6.920 7.200 4.650 2.850 2.600 -8,8% Jan - Aug '18
Lithuania 12.430 13.160 17.470 14.880 17.680 14.950 10.260 8.980 -12,5% Jan - Aug '18
Luxembourg (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) - Jan - Aug '18
Malta (c) (c) (c) 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Aug '18
Netherlands 133.200 133.200 140.500 147.500 161.300 139.900 82.200 86.000 +4,6% Jan - Jul '18
Poland 161.830 164.140 170.950 187.700 203.930 213.020 141.530 149.790 +5,8% Jan - Aug '18
Portugal 28.220 25.590 28.130 32.260 31.410 32.080 22.340 22.060 -1,3% Jan - Aug '18
Romania 9.300 9.800 10.600 11.180 11.920 12.140 7.940 6.880 -13,4% Jan - Aug '18
Slovakia 8.510 9.090 8.640 8.920 8.960 9.340 6.030 6.040 +0,2% Jan - Aug '18
Slovenia 2.590 2.290 2.330 2.260 2.390 2.740 1.560 1.620 +3,8% Jan - Aug '18
Spain 37.430 32.410 30.950 38.700 40.800 46.960 26.820 27.430 +2,3% Jan - Jul '18
Sweden 21.940 21.600 21.690 21.840 21.730 17.290 11.630 10.850 -6,7% Jan - Jul '18
United Kingdom 140.200 145.200 140.000 144.500 147.900 159.700 111.000 103.500 -6,8% Jan - Aug '18
TOTAL EU-28 1.940.120 1.923.730 2.007.400 2.101.600 2.158.560 2.143.860 1.288.650 1.314.640 +2,0% Jan - Jul '18
y-o-y % -0,8% +4,3% +4,7% +2,7% -0,7%      
(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

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 Jul 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 2.159 2.144 1.315
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 7
Exports (E) 126 127 128 148 178 208 172 100
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 2.336 2.341 1.222
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