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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)

Month 2007 2012 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 ± % on
2021
± % on
2020
January 150.588 181.563 178.060 190.284 199.041 204.948 222.262 194.034 -12,7% -5,3%
February 133.961 170.575 161.013 174.803 172.173 194.756 188.833 183.462 -2,8% -5,8%
March 138.365 176.287 177.021 189.283 180.697 200.052 199.574 201.940 +1,2% +0,9%
April 133.024 169.896 161.956 182.052 172.374 227.212 182.991 181.179 -1,0% -20,3%
May 123.981 164.133 163.397 176.459 170.048 172.353 183.041 180.139 -1,6% +4,5%
June 109.964 137.046 139.200 148.273 154.851 149.145 156.965 160.514(p) +2,3% +7,6%
July 116.484 133.581 135.625 139.810 150.707 152.958 147.112
August 110.909 129.531 131.152 139.019 141.325 150.931 147.053
September 112.849 136.299 134.552 140.986 144.337 150.721 143.640
October 130.343 144.544 144.671 155.041 162.925 161.991 164.296
November 130.774 142.938 149.721 155.389 161.854 172.909 155.987
December 141.475 173.144 171.105 176.871 183.776 207.926 179.962
Jan-Jun 789.883 999.500 980.647 1.061.154 1.049.184 1.148.466 1.133.666 1.101.268
% y-o-y ¹ +6,0% +26,5% -1,9% +8,2% -1,1% +9,5% -1,3% -2,9%
Total Year 1.532.717 1.859.537 1.847.473 1.968.270 1.994.108 2.145.902 2.071.716
% y-o-y ¹ +13,1% +21,3% -0,6% +6,5% +1,3% +7,6% -3,5%
Last Update: 05-08-2022
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2007, 2012, 2017, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
*: Conversion ratio: 1 Kg = 2.2046 lb
(p) = provisional
Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years