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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 2018 2019 Var % Periodo
Austria 34.540 34.280 33.660 34.650 36.650 36.980 13.900 13.270 -4,5% Jan - Apr '19
Belgium 35.770 44.120 48.940 57.550 64.600 64.240 22.140 25.060 +13,2% Jan - Apr '19
Bulgaria 1.070 1.030 990 870 1.010 1.110 420 360 -14,3% Jan - Apr '19
Croatia 3.940 4.020 4.060 4.130 4.680 4.330 1.640 1.640 0,0% Jan - Apr '19
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Apr '19
Czech Republic 27.350 28.640 28.700 27.980 25.790 23.810 8.040 8.730 +8,6% Jan - Apr '19
Denmark 42.800 42.900 44.200 56.300 57.000 74.000 27.100 24.700 -8,9% Jan - Apr '19
Estonia 3.400 4.500 5.100 5.100 4.300 4.800 1.800 2.100 +16,7% Jan - Apr '19
Finland 53.140 57.460 63.230 64.180 61.770 59.900 21.460 21.100 -1,7% Jan - Apr '19
France 406.590 445.210 446.990 435.400 411.980 419.670 162.960 158.430 -2,8% Jan - Apr '19
Germany 491.460 489.180 517.300 516.100 496.780 484.150 171.760 176.840 +3,0% Jan - Apr '19
Greece 760 640 740 1.040 850 1.110 360 360 (e)

0,0% Jan - Apr '19
Hungary 9.430 9.740 9.490 8.240 9.020 9.370 3.600 3.880 +7,8% Jan - Apr '19
Ireland 152.050 166.380 187.480 198.700 223.670 236.980 62.210 68.680 +10,4% Jan - Apr '19
Italy 98.360 100.500 94.060 93.100 91.220 90.430 32.150 32.470 +1,0% Jan - Apr '19
Latvia 6.590 7.540 6.920 7.200 4.650 3.660 1.380 1.110 -19,6% Jan - Apr '19
Lithuania 13.160 17.470 14.880 17.680 14.950 14.230 4.570 4.650 +1,8% Jan - Apr '19
Luxembourg (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) - Jan - Apr '19
Malta (c) (c) 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Jan - Apr '19
Netherlands 133.200 140.500 147.500 161.300 148.900 140.500 50.500 47.900 -5,1% Jan - Apr '19
Poland 164.140 170.950 187.700 203.930 213.020 221.760 77.100 78.390 +1,7% Jan - Apr '19
Portugal 25.590 28.130 32.260 31.410 32.080 31.090 11.670 10.540 -9,7% Jan - Apr '19
Romania 9.800 10.600 11.180 11.920 12.140 10.880 3.560 3.730 +4,8% Jan - Apr '19
Slovakia 9.090 8.640 8.920 8.960 9.340 9.470 3.170 3.190 +0,6% Jan - Apr '19
Slovenia 2.290 2.330 2.260 2.390 2.740 2.620 830 830 0,0% Jan - Apr '19
Spain 32.410 30.950 38.700 40.800 46.960 49.300 14.410 13.520 (e)

-6,2% Jan - Apr '19
Sweden 21.600 21.690 21.840 21.730 17.290 16.380 6.240 5.710 -8,5% Jan - Apr '19
United Kingdom 145.200 140.000 144.500 143.100 161.200 151.400 52.600 59.900 +13,9% Jan - Apr '19
TOTAL EU-28 1.923.730 2.007.400 2.101.600 2.153.760 2.152.590 2.162.170 755.570 767.090 (e) +1,5% Jan - Apr '19
y-o-y % +4,3% +4,7% +2,5% -0,1% +0,4%      
(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, 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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Mar 2019
Opening Stocks (1st Jan) (SI) 31 25 11 20 51 25 0 0
Production [D6000] (P) 1.940 1.924 2.007 2.102 2.154 2.153 2.162 564
Production of other fat dairy products [D6900] (P2) 357(e) 339(e) 342(e) 331(e) 338(e) 329(e) n.d. n.d.
Imports (I) 44 42 50 24 21 15 20 5
Exports (E) 127 128 148 178 207 171 158 40
Final Stocks (SF) 25 11 20 51 25 0 0 0
   of which:
     - public 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     - private 25 11 20 51 25 0 0 0
Apparent Domestic Consumption (SI + P + P2 + I - E - SF ) 2.220 2.191 2.242 2.248 2.332 2.350 2.024 529
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