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Here's why there's a butter shortage in South Africa

30 April 2019 9:58 AM
Tags:
high fat diet
butter shortage

Local supermarkets are stocking butter from other countries to satisfy the growing demand.

South Africa has resorted to importing butter as the country experiences a shortage in the local market.

According to the chief economist of the Milk Producers’ Organisation (MPO) Koos Coetzee, the country does not produce enough milk solids, or butterfat to satisfy the growing demand for butter.

The reason? It is a result of fat being back in dietary fashion.

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People buy high fat or even full cream milk and there is no cream available from that source.

Koos Coetzee, Chief economist - Milk Producers’ Organisation

The European Union produces too much milk so they ran into a surplus of skimmed milk powder. The price of skimmed milk powder decreased quite a lot.

Koos Coetzee, Chief economist - Milk Producers’ Organisation

South Africa has been a net importer of butter for many years.

Koos Coetzee, Chief economist - Milk Producers’ Organisation

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30 April 2019 9:58 AM
Tags:
high fat diet
butter shortage

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