Norway’s major butter producers are appealing for foreign help as they are struggling to keep up with demand.
“Butter has traditionally had a bad reputation, health-wise, but now everyone wants a lot of it,” Jon Holstad, head of TINE’s Voll dairy in Rogaland, western Norway, tells NRK.
In yesterday’s article on The Foreigner, both Tine and branch organisation Opplysningskontoret for Meieriprodukter (Dairy Product Information Office) blamed bad weather, poor harvests, and healthy cooking with fresh ingredients for the butter shortage. The finger has also been pointed at low carb diets.
A TINE representative also assured customers there would be an adequate supply if everyone remained calm.
Today, Mr Holstad says 4,600 packages per hour are insufficient. He says, “We are not accustomed to butter almost being taken out of our grasp. We used to have a supply in storage.”
TINE has called for lowered butter import duties during this exceptional period, the company has imported 150 tons for industrial use, and increased production by reducing the amount of cheese made. Supplies are still slipping away, however.
“These measures we have adopted won’t be enough,” says Executive Director Elisabeth Morthen.