40-Year-High for Butter Consumption in US

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According to statistics from the American Butter Institute, the consumption of butter in the United States has reached a 40 year high.

According to statistics from the American Butter Institute, the consumption of butter in the United States has reached a 40 year high.

Going up by about 25 percent in the last ten years, the annual per capita consumption of butter has reached 5 point 6 pounds.

Although it is cheaper, the sales of margarine have dropped significantly over the past couple of decades, while the market for high fat gourmet European style butter has increased, even though it costs sometimes twice as much as regular butter.

Margarine used to be seen as a healthier alternative to butter because it has fewer calories, but usually it is also high in trans fats, which FDA studies have shown to be unhealthy.

Butter on the other hand has no trans fat, and the taste is a favorite among gourmet chefs.

David Riemersma, president of the American Butter Institute and head of Butterball Farms in Grand Rapids, Michigan is quoted as saying: “Consumers also want real, natural wholesome products. They want to understand all the things on an ingredient list. Butter fits perfectly. It's either just cream or cream and salt.”

But one expert says that gourmet butter tastes differently depending on what kind of grass the cows were grazing on.

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