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US: butter production

This page contains:
  • a chart illustrating production trends over the last three years.
  • a table giving us an overview of monthly production, expressed in pounds, over a given period.
  • a chart comparing data for Butter Production in the US, Stocks and wholesale market Price trends, as recorded by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), over a given time period;

N.B.:
Historically speaking, US Butter supply has always been completely absorbed, in increasing quantities, by the domestic market - mainly by the confectionery and restaurant industry.

Butter processing plants in the US are becoming increasingly larger while the companies based in the Northwest are tending to branch out across the US in an increasingly widespread manner through the construction of new processing plants, particularly in the largest milk-producing States. This displacement has been made easier by lowered transport costs and a concentration of suppliers and customers in these areas.

The national and international butter market has been particularly affected by changes in consumer habits and this, on the one hand, is down to health reasons and dietary changes. On the other hand, it is also driven by the quest for authenticity and locally-produced produce.

Balancing the commodity surplus, US production adapts to these changing conditions.

(May 2010)

US Butter Production
Butter * ('000 lb)
Month 2005 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 ± % on
2019
± % on
2018
January 128.032 162.360 173.634 170.746 178.060 190.284 199.038 193.422 -2,8% +1,6%
February 116.938 140.177 155.976 168.272 161.013 174.803 172.171 188.035 +9,2% +7,6%
March 122.413 139.254 167.816 174.916 177.021 189.283 180.694 194.287(p) +7,5% +2,6%
April 117.072 133.078 165.457 171.210 161.956 182.052 172.371
May 120.726 131.903 169.409 166.178 163.397 176.459 170.044
June 106.570 117.113 143.692 147.705 139.200 148.273 154.848
July 95.940 111.213 135.525 135.169 135.625 139.810 150.705
August 93.205 101.548 128.072 123.523 131.152 139.019 141.323
September 100.658 113.786 133.652 135.283 134.552 140.986 144.334
October 108.926 122.221 148.414 139.858 144.671 155.041 162.921
November 110.917 133.535 152.323 143.086 149.721 155.389 161.852
December 125.964 157.784 175.549 163.453 171.105 176.871 183.774
Jan-Mar 367.383 441.791 497.426 513.934 516.094 554.370 551.903 575.744
% y-o-y ¹ -4,8% +20,3% +12,6% +3,3% +0,4% +7,4% -0,4% +4,3%
Total Year 1.347.361 1.563.972 1.849.519 1.839.399 1.847.473 1.968.270 1.994.075
% y-o-y ¹ +7,3% +16,1% +18,3% -0,5% +0,4% +6,5% +1,3%
Last Update: 06-05-2020
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2005, 2010, 2015, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
*: Conversion ratio: 1 Kg = 2.2046 lb
**: Adjusted for months of 30 days (Ex. The calculation of the production change of June compared to May is obtained by considering [June production] compared to [May production : 31 x 30])
(p) = provisional
Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years
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UK trade data for the period Jan - Mar 2020 are provisional