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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)
COUNTRY 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2020 2021 Var % Period
Austria 33.660 34.650 36.650 36.980 36.540 38.110 - - -  
Belgium 48.940 57.550 64.600 64.240 111.960 122.600 - - -  
Bulgaria 990 870 1.010 1.110 1.060 1.030 - - -  
Croatia 4.060 4.130 4.680 4.330 4.580 5.040 - - -  
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -  
Czech Republic 28.700 27.980 25.790 23.810 26.170 26.950 2.420 2.310 -4,5% Jan '21
Denmark 44.200 56.300 57.000 74.000 74.700 73.200 - - -  
Estonia 5.100 5.100 4.300 4.900 5.200 5.000 - - -  
Finland 63.230 64.180 61.770 59.900 60.900 62.690 - - -  
France 446.990 435.400 411.980 420.280 414.230 412.860 - - -  
Germany 517.300 516.100 496.780 484.041 497.104 506.509 - - -  
Greece 740 1.040 850 1.110 1.200 1.450 - - -  
Hungary 9.490 8.240 9.020 9.370 8.630 12.400 1.150 1.100 -4,3% Jan '21
Ireland 187.480 198.700 223.670 237.840 251.070 262.590 - - -  
Italy 95.900 95.400 91.220 95.580 96.200 96.430 - - -  
Latvia 6.920 7.200 4.650 3.220 3.280 3.730 360 280 -22,2% Jan '21
Lithuania 14.880 17.680 14.950 14.160 14.430 15.050 - - -  
Luxembourg (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) - - -  
Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - -  
Netherlands 147.500 161.300 148.900 153.800 136.400 131.700 - - -  
Poland 187.700 203.930 213.020 221.760 224.610 243.300 - - -  
Portugal 32.260 31.410 32.080 31.090 30.490 31.820 - - -  
Romania 11.180 11.920 12.140 10.880 10.670 12.170 - - -  
Slovakia 8.920 8.960 9.340 9.470 9.900 11.050 970 910 -6,2% Jan '21
Slovenia 2.260 2.390 2.740 2.620 2.560 2.620 - - -  
Spain 38.700 40.800 46.960 49.300 45.679 43.500 - - -  
Sweden 21.840 21.730 17.290 16.380 17.170 17.510 - - -  
United Kingdom 144.500 143.100 161.200 152.500 187.900 185.600 - - -  
TOTAL EU-28 2.103.440 2.156.060 2.152.590 2.182.671 2.272.633 2.324.909 - - - -
y-o-y % +2,5% -0,2% +1,4% +4,1% +2,3%      
(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.

EU 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) 1.924 2.007 2.103 2.156 2.153 2.183 2.273 2.325
Production of other fat dairy products [D6900] (P2) 339(e) 342(e) 331(e) 338(e) 329(e) n.d. n.d. n.d.
Imports (I) 42 50 24 21 15 21 13 4
Exports (E) 128 148 178 207 171 158 215 246
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 ) 2.191 2.242 2.250 2.334 2.350 2.045 2.071 2.082
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