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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 2008 2013 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 ± % on
2022
± % on
2021
January 169.217 188.037 190.284 199.041 204.948 222.263 196.236 201.347 +2,6% -9,4%
February 146.737 173.335 174.803 172.173 194.756 188.833 183.333 187.200 +2,1% -0,9%
March 149.851 181.421 189.283 180.697 200.052 199.574 202.211 204.964 +1,4% +2,7%
April 149.984 166.658 182.052 172.374 227.212 182.992 181.303 196.909 +8,6% +7,6%
May 139.858 163.785 176.459 170.048 172.353 183.041 179.812 194.581 +8,2% +6,3%
June 116.713 140.124 148.273 154.851 149.145 156.965 158.979 162.129 +2,0% +3,3%
July 114.185 132.746 139.810 150.707 152.958 147.113 151.755 159.267 +5,0% +8,3%
August 115.939 134.370 139.019 141.325 150.931 147.053 142.959 139.969 -2,1% -4,8%
September 121.035 132.232 140.986 144.337 150.721 143.640 140.552 142.737 +1,6% -0,6%
October 130.633 145.886 155.041 162.925 161.991 155.297 162.114 162.325 +0,1% +4,5%
November 133.585 142.192 155.389 161.854 172.909 155.989 171.461 165.844 -3,3% +6,3%
December 156.339 161.730 176.871 183.776 207.926 179.965 188.022 196.320(p) +4,4% +9,1%
Total Year 1.644.076 1.862.516 1.968.270 1.994.108 2.145.902 2.062.725 2.058.737 2.113.592
% y-o-y ¹ +32,3% +13,3% +5,7% +1,3% +7,6% -3,9% -0,2% +2,7%
Last Update: 06-02-2024
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2008, 2013, 2018, 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