There is a worldwide shortage of butter due to a variety of contributing factors.
One of the reasons is the switch from low-fat dairy products back to full-fat products after years of the demonisation of especially butter.
Lower milk production globally and the drought in South Africa have also contributed to the butter shortage.
Clover South Africa says that a major shortage of butter is being experienced in South Africa and they are uncertain how long this will last.
Spokesperson for Ladismith Butter, Rian van der Merwe, says butter production is lower due to consumers’ demand for full-fat products‚ which means less cream for butter production.
Van der Merwe said the situation could get worse as less milk was currently being produced.
Chris van Dijk‚ head of the Milk Producers Organisation said Argentina‚ Uruguay‚ New Zealand‚ Australia and South Africa are all producing less milk this year compared to previous years.
As the demand for butter increases in the UK and the USA‚ both are experiencing butter shortages.