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;
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.
US Butter Production
Butter * ('000 lb)
± % on
± % on
|% y-o-y ¹||+19,2%||+11,1%||+1,2%||+4,6%||+3,0%||+8,4%||-12,7%||+3,8%|
|% y-o-y ¹||+32,3%||+13,3%||+5,7%||+1,3%||+7,6%||-3,5%||-0,7%|
|Last Update: 04-03-2023|
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