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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 2009 2014 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 ± % on
2023
± % on
2022
January 176.662 184.030 199.041 204.948 222.263 196.236 203.586 217.247 +6,7% +10,7%
February 147.159 166.097 172.173 194.756 188.833 183.332 187.456 197.645 +5,4% +7,8%
March 146.976 166.626 180.697 200.052 199.574 202.210 205.762 210.526 +2,3% +4,1%
April 141.737 167.730 172.374 227.212 182.992 181.304 197.344 207.630 +5,2% +14,5%
May 139.179 166.285 170.048 172.353 183.041 179.813 196.410 204.333(p) +4,0% +13,6%
June 125.303 140.390 154.851 149.145 156.965 158.979 164.478
July 114.391 137.788 150.707 152.958 147.113 151.756 158.220
August 101.032 129.092 141.325 150.931 147.053 142.962 138.915
September 94.741 131.802 144.337 150.721 143.640 140.553 143.134
October 113.078 151.201 162.925 161.991 155.297 162.115 162.523
November 120.932 144.518 161.854 172.909 155.989 171.463 163.544
December 151.298 169.754 183.776 207.926 179.965 188.020 193.656
Jan-May 751.713 850.768 894.333 999.321 976.703 942.895 990.558 1.037.381
% y-o-y ¹ +37,0% +13,2% +5,1% +11,7% -2,3% -3,5% +5,1% +4,7%
Total Year 1.572.488 1.855.313 1.994.108 2.145.902 2.062.725 2.058.743 2.115.028
% y-o-y ¹ +26,1% +18,0% +7,5% +7,6% -3,9% -0,2% +2,7%
Last Update: 04-07-2024
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2009, 2014, 2019, 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