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Dairy Giant Arla Predicts Butter and Cream Shortages in Europe

Europe could face butter and cream shortages this Christmas, the head of one of the U.K.'s biggest dairy producers has said.

Peter Tuborgh, chief executive of the dairy cooperative Arla, which produces brands including Anchor and Cravendale, said he expects the price of butter to increase sharply as demand grows following a period of low production levels.

Speaking to the BBC’s Today Programme, Tuborgh said: “We need to see that the demand slows down a bit, because at Christmas time there will simply not, in Europe, be enough butter and cream. I know it from our forecasting.”

Tuborgh said it was difficult to predict exactly how prices would be affected, but said increases were already happening and some labels in Europe had already doubled in price.

“There is simply not more milk; all milk is utilised and the milk flows into where the profits are,” he said. “At the moment we are all striving to get as much butter and cream out of our products.”

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Peter Tuborgh, chief executive of the dairy cooperative Arla, which produces brands including Anchor and Cravendale, said he expects the price of butter to increase sharply as demand grows following a period of low production levels.

Speaking to the BBC’s Today Programme, Tuborgh said: “We need to see that the demand slows down a bit, because at Christmas time there will simply not, in Europe, be enough butter and cream. I know it from our forecasting.”

Tuborgh said it was difficult to predict exactly how prices would be affected, but said increases were already happening and some labels in Europe had already doubled in price.

“There is simply not more milk; all milk is utilised and the milk flows into where the profits are,” he said. “At the moment we are all striving to get as much butter and cream out of our products.”

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