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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 2004 2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 ± % on
2018
± % on
2017
January 129.346 176.662 184.030 173.634 170.746 178.060 182.088 189.642 +4,1% +6,5%
February 108.593 147.159 166.097 155.976 168.272 161.013 170.116 165.220(p) -2,9% +2,6%
March 100.383 146.976 166.626 167.816 174.916 177.021 182.046
April 100.324 141.737 167.730 165.457 171.210 161.956 175.297
May 110.120 139.179 166.285 169.409 166.178 163.397 168.109
June 99.156 125.303 140.390 143.692 147.705 139.200 142.540
July 92.615 114.391 137.788 135.525 135.169 135.625 134.561
August 90.329 101.032 129.092 128.072 123.523 131.152 133.982
September 94.242 94.741 131.802 133.652 135.283 134.552 134.800
October 104.386 113.078 151.201 148.414 139.858 144.671 143.480
November 98.376 120.932 144.518 152.323 143.086 149.721 146.143
December 118.808 151.298 169.754 175.549 163.453 171.105 171.917
Jan-Feb 237.939 323.821 350.127 329.610 339.018 339.073 352.204 354.862
% y-o-y ¹ -4,7% +36,1% +8,1% -5,9% +2,9% +0,0% +3,9% +0,8%
Total Year 1.246.678 1.572.488 1.855.313 1.849.519 1.839.399 1.847.473 1.885.079
% y-o-y ¹ -2,4% +26,1% +18,0% -0,3% -0,5% +0,4% +2,0%
Last Update: 04-04-2019
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2004, 2009, 2014, 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
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