Get Ready to Pay More for Butter

Get Ready to Pay More for Butter

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Love butter? You're not alone. Americans who previously opted for margarine are switching back to butter. In fact, 2012 saw the highest levels of butter consumption in the past 40 years.

So why are you going to start paying more for the grocery staple? It all has to do with the dairy cows.

This year cows in the United States produced less milk than in past years, and the amount of butter stored in refrigerated warehouses ready to ship was 42 percent lower this summer than the summer of 2013.

To add insult to injury, the milk that the cows did produce on average had a lower fat content. And when the cost of milk that's higher in fat goes up, butter prices are sure to follow suit.

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