After’sunflower oil and the mustardanother food product widely consumed by the French could to be rare on the shelves some stores.
“Our suppliersalert on the availability of butter from autumne“, explained the CEO of System U on france info.
To the point that Dominique Schelcher ensures to monitor “closely” changes in prices and availability of this basic product.
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Drop in production
“We produce less milk each yeare in France, so there is less fat“, explains the manager.
In twenty years, the number ofdairy farmers has been halved on the territory, going from 120,000 to less than 51,000 in 2020, according to the latest statistics from the National Interprofessional Center for the Dairy Economy (Cniel), recalls Family File. A situation that could get even worse with the inflation of production costs and episodes of drought.
Rise in global demand
Tense situation aggravated by “the very strong international market with many purchases of butter abroad”.
China in particular sharply increased its imports of dairy products last year. Between January and October 2021Beijing imported 20,000 additional tonnes of butter compared to the same period in 2020, i.e. a 21% increaseaccording to data from the Livestock Institute.
The current shortage of sunflower oil caused by the war in Ukraine is also part of a increased demand for butter. Many manufacturers with replaced oil with milk fat in their recipe.
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Strong demand and reduced supply raise fears of a “complicated supply at the end of the year“.
“Besides, the industrialists who produce with butter already tell me so”he concluded.