It seems Canadians just can’t get enough of their butter.
In fact, the demand for butter has grown so much this year, the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) has been forced to import up to 4,000 tonnes of butter from suppliers in the United States, the EU and Uruguay, said CDC spokesperson Chantal Paul.
But no worries, there will be no shortage of butter for consumers, said Paul.
“Nobody’s going to run out of butter,” she said. “The supermarkets are well stocked.”
The butter that the CDC is importing – in 25kg blocks – will go to the food processing industry, not the retail sector, said Paul.
The permit to import up to 4,000 tonnes of butter will expire at the end of December, she said. The additional imports come on top the 3,274 tonnes of butter Canada is obliged to import under World Trade Organization rules, said Paul.
CDC statistics show butter consumption in the last 12 months has increased by 2.7 per cent. That’s in addition to 2.7-per-cent increase in the consumption of yoghurt, and 0.5-per-cent increase in cheese consumption.
On average Canadians consume about 240 grams of butter a month, according to the statistics compiled by the Canadian Dairy Information Centre.