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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 2006 2011 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 ± % on
2020
± % on
2019
January 149.830 167.058 170.746 178.060 190.284 199.041 204.937 209.630 +2,3% +5,3%
February 136.872 150.070 168.272 161.013 174.803 172.173 194.746 186.304 -4,3% +8,2%
March 141.711 165.358 174.916 177.021 189.283 180.697 200.040 198.935(p) -0,6% +10,1%
April 127.666 158.670 171.210 161.956 182.052 172.374 227.200
May 128.546 155.873 166.178 163.397 176.459 170.048 172.343
June 101.095 141.293 147.705 139.200 148.273 154.851 149.135
July 94.731 135.460 135.169 135.625 139.810 150.707 152.947
August 88.885 133.748 123.523 131.152 139.019 141.325 150.921
September 104.299 137.907 135.283 134.552 140.986 144.337 150.709
October 119.132 145.667 139.858 144.671 155.041 162.925 161.980
November 118.104 152.781 143.086 149.721 155.389 161.854 172.899
December 137.557 165.866 163.453 171.105 176.871 183.776 207.529
Jan-Mar 428.413 482.486 513.934 516.094 554.370 551.911 599.723 594.869
% y-o-y ¹ +22,5% +12,6% +6,5% +0,4% +7,4% -0,4% +8,7% -0,8%
Total Year 1.448.428 1.809.751 1.839.399 1.847.473 1.968.270 1.994.108 2.145.386
% y-o-y ¹ +17,6% +24,9% +1,6% +0,4% +6,5% +1,3% +7,6%
Last Update: 05-05-2021
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2006, 2011, 2016, 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