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The American Butter Institute is an Arlington, VA-based trade association for manufacturers, processors, marketers, and distributors of butter and butter products. Originally established as the National Association of Creamery Butter Manufacturers in 1908, ABI's mission is to promote and protect the interest and welfare of the butter industry. There are currently 25 active member companies that market approximately 90% of all the butter manufactured in the U.S.


Latest News

January 20, 2016: ABI Approves of Change in Butter Trading Standards at Chicago Mercantile Exchange

As of February 1st, butter sellers will no longer be required to provide a USDA grading certificate, unless a buyer requests one. In lieu of a USDA Grade AA certificate, sellers can provide a Certificate of Analysis (COA) as an acceptable document for deliverable loads of butter in the spot market. Butter sold with a COA will continue to meet the grading standards of a Grade AA certificate, according to CME, which said the change will allow more eligible loads of butter to be transacted in the spot market.


August 11, 2015: Dairy Products, Inc., Becomes ABI's 26th Member

Dairy Products, Inc. (DPI), a Grain Millers Company, is the newest member of the American Butter Institute, the trade association for the nation’s butter manufacturers. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Dairy Products, Inc., distributes butter, cheese and other dairy ingredients. It has been supplying high-quality dairy ingredients globally for more than two decades. 


November 13, 2014: American Butter Institute Hosts Holiday Cookie Baking Contest

The American Butter Institute’s Go Bold With Butter blog is inviting home bakers and cookie enthusiasts to submit original cookie recipes this fall for a chance to win $2,000 in its Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest.

Now through Dec. 7, 2014, baking enthusiasts can submit their recipes on the contest entry page. Entrants must submit an original cookie recipe using REAL® butter. The creator of the first place winning recipe will receive $2,000, and second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively.


October 22, 2014: ABI Elects New President and Officers at October Board Meeting

At the fall Board meeting of the American Butter Institute (ABI) held last week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Irv Holmes of Challenge Dairy Products, Inc. was elected President of ABI, and two new officers were seated: Dean Van Tuinen of Darigold was elected First Vice President, and John Ellenberger of Land O’Lakes, Inc. was elected Second Vice President. Each position is a two-year term.


August 18, 2014: ABI Accepting Registration for Fall Board of Directors Meeting

Join ABI from October 9-10, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the organization's Board of Directors Meeting. The meeting will highlight the positive message of butter in recent months, the success of the social media campaign and its effects on the growth in the category, and opportunities for partnerships in the future. Attendees will also receive an update on industry and regulatory issues, as well as an economic and market outlook.


Membership Structure

Active Member - Any individual, firm, corporation, cooperative association, or other organized group manufacturing, processing, packaging, or distributing butter or butter products is eligible for membership in the American Butter Institute. Each active member company is entitled to one seat on the ABI Board of Directors, which is the governing body of the American Butter Institute. (ABI Active Members)

Associate Member - Any individual, firm, corporation, or other legal entity which supplies goods and services to the butter industry can become an associate member. Associate members are not entitled to a board seat. (ABI Associate Members)



President - Irv Holmes, Challenge Dairy Products (Dublin, CA)

1st Vice President - Dean van Tuinen, Darigold (Seattle, WA)

2nd Vice President - John Ellenberger, Land O’Lakes, Inc. (Arden Hills, MN)


ABI Staff

Anuja Miner - Executive Director

Beth Briczinski - Vice President, Dairy Foods & Nutrition

Peter Vitaliano - Vice President, Economic Policy & Market Research


Contact ABI

American Butter Institute

2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400

Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: (703) 243-5630

Fax: (703) 841-9328