World - Butter - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights
Update: COVID-19 Impact
Global Butter Market to Keep Robust This Year, with Rising U.S. Supplies to Offset Subdued EU and New Zealand’s Exports
IndexBox has just published a new report: 'World - Butter - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.
This year global butter production is anticipated to keep up with the last year, amounting to 5.6M tonnes. The EU is forecast to decrease butter exports due to a slight drop in production amid an increase in demand. Butter exports from New Zealand are not forecast to grow due to increased competition with UHT cream for food service being increasingly in demand. The U.S. should strengthen its positions on the global market thanks to lucrative prices and penetration to new markets in the Middle East. France, the Netherlands, Germany and Russia will remain the world’s largest importers of butter. The EU countries may see some increase in imports if the production shortage will last the whole year. Imports to Russia are expected to decrease due to tight competition with local producers backed up with weak local currency. Solid growth in demand from China makes the country an increasingly attractive destination for exporters.
Key Trends and Insights
Based on USDA statistics, IndexBox estimates that this year global butter production will remain relatively stable, amounting to 5.7M tonnes. This will be largely shaped by the lack of growth in the EU’s output, which is projected to fall by -0.8% to 2M tonnes. According to the European Commission, from January through May 2021, butter shipments from the EU fell by 20% compared to the same period in 2020. This is likely to be due to the decrease in production and growth in domestic consumption, which together prevent the product expansion to foreign markets. Should this trend be extrapolated over the whole year, it will lead to a drop in total butter exports from the EU countries by 19% to approx. 800K tonnes in 2021.
Butter exports from New Zealand will maintain their levels of 2020 in tandem with stable production. Butter prices started to grow robustly in late 2020 and continued through the first quarter 2021, which could shape the potential for increasing butter production. Despite this, the growing production and export of UHT cream for food service production hamper the expansion of butter output in the country.
The U.S. expects an increase in butter exports thanks to competitive prices (nearly $3,750 per tonne), which this year were lower than the global average ($4,400 per tonne). In the first quarter of 2021, the U.S. tripled export deliveries compared with the same period in the previous year. Forecasts show that the US will maintain its price advantage until the end of the year, causing butter exports in 2021 to be twice as large as in 2020 (near 50K tonnes against 21.6K tonnes). American butter is expected to be sent to traditional destinations like Canada and expand to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.
France, the Netherlands, Germany and Russia are the largest importers of butter in the world. According to the USDA, as of year-end 2021, butter imports to EU countries may increase somewhat due to lower production, while shipments to Russia will decline by -11% to approx. 90K tonnes due to rising competitiveness of the local industry and measures taken towards improved labelling of milk products.
China emerges as the world's major butter market, posting tangible growth in imports over the last two years. As of year-end 2021, butter imports to China are expected to surpass the previous year’s figures by 22% and overcome 100K tonnes, making the country an increasingly important market for suppliers from abroad.
Global Butter Exports
For the third year in a row, the global market recorded growth in shipments abroad of butter, which increased by 0.2% to 1.5M tonnes in 2020. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.1% from 2012 to 2020; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Global exports peaked in 2020 and are likely to continue growing in the near future. In value terms, butter exports dropped to $6.4B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.
Exports by Country
Ireland (289K tonnes), the Netherlands (258K tonnes) and New Zealand (233K tonnes) represented roughly 52% of total exports of butter in 2020. It was distantly followed by Germany (131K tonnes), Belgium (108K tonnes), France (72K tonnes) and Belarus (70K tonnes), together mixing up a 26% share of total exports. Poland (55K tonnes), Denmark (50K tonnes), the UK (41K tonnes) and Finland (31K tonnes) followed a long way behind the leaders.
From 2012 to 2020, the most notable growth rate in terms of shipments, amongst the main exporting countries, was attained by the UK, while exports for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In value terms, Ireland ($1.1B), the Netherlands ($1.1B) and New Zealand ($1B) constituted the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2020, together accounting for 49% of global exports. These countries were followed by Germany, Belgium, France, Belarus, Denmark, Poland, Finland and the UK, which together accounted for a further 41%.
In terms of the main exporting countries, the UK recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the value of exports over the period under review, while shipments for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
Source: IndexBox Platform
This report provides an in-depth analysis of the global butter market. Within it, you will discover the latest data on market trends and opportunities by country, consumption, production and price developments, as well as the global trade (imports and exports). The forecast exhibits the market prospects through 2025.
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