Butter Prices Increasing due to Cream Shortage

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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If you've stopped in the dairy section at your grocery store lately, you've probably noticed the cost of butter is going up. That's because there is a shortage of cream, which is slowing down butter production.

Creameries in Wisconsin are struggling to produce butter since the cost of cream is so high. One contributing factor probably won't surprise you - the increased demand for ice cream.

Kim Javorek says being involved in dairy farming might make her a little biased, but in her house, butter is king.

"I choose butter, I've always pretty much chosen butter," Kim said, " I feel the ingredients are natural, and margarine or non-butter, I think, is a step away from plastic."

Like many other consumers, Kim has definitely noticed the increase in butter prices lately. In fact, its gone up about $0.07 for four sticks in the past few weeks.

But that's not discouraging some of you.

"I don't even look at the price of butter," Kim said, "I know what it takes to produce milk so I don't look at anything, I don't buy anything but butter."

Joyce Peterson says, she chooses less expensive brands for some products, but when it comes to that creamy spread...

"There are certain things I don't compromise on," Joyce said, "I don't care what the price is, I'll still buy butter."

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