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Butter shortage puts the knife into Norwegian Christmas plans
guardia.co.uk ^ | 14 Dec 2011 | Audrey Anderson

Posted on 12/14/2011 8:10:29 AM PST by smokingfrog

Scandinavia's butter crisis is spreading. First Sweden ran into supply problems, in part blamed on a television chef urging everyone to use butter. Now Norwegians are facing a similar squeeze, as butter stocks have mysteriously melted away, sending prices soaring and shoppers frantically buying up slabs of the stuff wherever they see it.

Imports and distribution have become sporadic at best, and as soon as word gets out about a delivery, butter disappears from the shelves within minutes.

With the sense of national crisis deepening, the national daily Aftenposten ran a two-page spread with instructions on how to make your own butter. It's all a big disappointment for the domestic goddesses of the north for whom butter is a standard Christmas staple.

"I need butter today to make my lussekatt buns and my Christmas biscuits," grumbled one elderly Norwegian. "I brought up my four children under German occupation but this is nothing like that."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: butter; tine
Tine produces 90% of Norwegian butter and is a government-appointed agency that regulates the market.


1 posted on 12/14/2011 8:10:41 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Well, the one good thing here is that even with a shortage, the Norwegians are sticking with butter, instead of being seduced by the evil spread that is margarine. :-)


2 posted on 12/14/2011 8:18:09 AM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: smokingfrog
WTH??? Just go out to the barn, milk a cow, scoop the cream off the top and churn it till it's butter. For Pete's sake, do I have to think of EVERYTHING??:P
3 posted on 12/14/2011 8:20:38 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: smokingfrog

Butter here in the US isn’t a problem so far. But I’ve noticed lately that supermarket unsalted butters now all have so-called “natural flavorings” added to them, so I’ve switched to Kerrygold unsalted Irish butter. Really good stuff.


4 posted on 12/14/2011 8:20:54 AM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: smokingfrog

Is there a cream shortage? Or are they ignorant to the fact that cream, a blender and 15 minutes = butter?


5 posted on 12/14/2011 8:21:28 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: smokingfrog
"I brought up my four children under German occupation but this is nothing like that."

Well, no feces, Ferlock. "I once watched a movie about space aliens, but that's not important now."

6 posted on 12/14/2011 8:21:54 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: netmilsmom
Is there a cream shortage? Or are they ignorant to the fact that cream, a blender and 15 minutes = butter?

If there's a butter shortage, it may very well be spreading to cream as well, as the dairy producers divert more of the cream to make butter themselves.

7 posted on 12/14/2011 8:23:39 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: gimme1ibertee

If it is butter you seek, find a cow you must.

8 posted on 12/14/2011 8:24:59 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: smokingfrog
Tine produces 90% of Norwegian butter and is a government-appointed agency that regulates the market.

The is no such thing as a shortage of a given commodity. There is only a shortage at a given price. A market tightly regulated by the government prevents higher prices which would result in outside suppliers filling the void to take advantage of these higher prices.

9 posted on 12/14/2011 8:25:48 AM PST by fhayek
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To: smokingfrog
"I need butter today to make my lussekatt buns...," grumbled one elderly Norwegian.

Who wrote this -- Garrison Keillor?

10 posted on 12/14/2011 8:26:18 AM PST by Albion Wilde (A land of hyper-legalisms is not the same as a land of law. --Mark Steyn)
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To: smokingfrog

This reminds me of the time Johnny Carson, (Remember him?), said jokingly that there was a toilet paper shortage. Lo and behold in the next few days people scrambled for the stores and bought up all of the Toilet Paper and then there WAS a shortage.


11 posted on 12/14/2011 8:28:37 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Albion Wilde

I don’t know how anyone can use this disgusting baby puke ,yuck


12 posted on 12/14/2011 8:31:18 AM PST by molson209
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To: Still Thinking

You’re right!!

“Norway’s butter, cream, and bacon shortage was previously thought just to have been due to low carb diets. However, the cows have produced 20 million fewer litres of milk this year compared with 2010.”

That bacon looks serious to me.


13 posted on 12/14/2011 8:39:05 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom

Apparently it is a case of cream shortage. The article says this year the cows produced 20% less than normal. I do not see, though, how that translates to little to no butter at all...


14 posted on 12/14/2011 8:39:28 AM PST by Peanut Gallery
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To: fhayek

At the moment, butter is somewhere around $500/kg there. That’s not just a minor blip in pricing.


15 posted on 12/14/2011 8:42:48 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: pbmaltzman
I’ve noticed lately that supermarket unsalted butters now all have so-called “natural flavorings” added to them, so I’ve switched to Kerrygold unsalted Irish butter. Really good stuff.

I get Kerrygold butter at my local Trader Joe's.

16 posted on 12/14/2011 8:46:03 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Peanut Gallery

Production quotas...

Hooray for central planning...


17 posted on 12/14/2011 8:48:11 AM PST by LastNorwegian
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To: netmilsmom

Are they ignorant to the fact that cream, a blender and 15 minutes=butter?
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That’s what I was thinking. WTH??


18 posted on 12/14/2011 8:50:36 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: fhayek

Just so. And when market forces raise the demand smuggling and black market conditions obtain.

“Last Friday, customs officers stopped a Russian at the Norwegian-Swedish border and seized 90 kilos (198 pounds) of butter stashed in his car. - Sapa-AFPL”

Meanwhile, Dennmark, having plenty of butter but shut out from the Norwegian Tariffs, is laughing at the effete offspring of the Viking raiders. One butter rich Dane is handing out free small butter packets to Norwegian day visitors from the ferries.


19 posted on 12/14/2011 8:53:30 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: pbmaltzman

The local Amish and Hutterite communities sel lthe best-tasting butter we’ve ever had. We buy it in 2 and 3 pound chubs.


20 posted on 12/14/2011 8:57:28 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: smokingfrog
Norway imposes serious tariffs on imported butter -- to protect their inefficient domestic farmers, of course. Looks like state-regulated trade bit them in the assenflabben.
21 posted on 12/14/2011 8:59:41 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: LastNorwegian
Tine’s chief executive Hanne Refsholt for the past seven years, meanwhile, has been completely absent during the butter crisis. As DN reported earlier this autumn, she’s taken a leave of absence for a full year at full pay, to recharge batteries and study management issues at schools in Paris and Oxford.

... and the perks aren't bad either ...

22 posted on 12/14/2011 9:03:11 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
First Sweden ran into supply problems, in part blamed on a television chef urging everyone to use butter.

Paula is evil and must be stopped. ;-)

23 posted on 12/14/2011 9:05:08 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: smokingfrog

I saw plenty at Costco and BJ’s. Oh well, Norway.


24 posted on 12/14/2011 9:36:24 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: 1rudeboy

lol. Thanks I needed a good laugh today. Besides, I adore Master Yoda!


25 posted on 12/14/2011 9:47:06 AM PST by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: smokingfrog

Lutefisk without butter? Communism....pure and simple.....communism.


26 posted on 12/14/2011 9:55:24 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Peanut Gallery

Maybe they have a higher percentage of butterfat in their milk? They leave more cream before homogenizing?


27 posted on 12/14/2011 10:43:42 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: LastNorwegian

They will blame global warming and claim world socialism is the solution.


28 posted on 12/14/2011 11:07:05 AM PST by Reeses (TV gives men a window into what women want, and it isn't pretty.)
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To: netmilsmom

You get about 6oz of butter from a pint of cream...maybe a tad more. That will also depend on which breed of cow gave the milk. Jerseys give the most, IIRC. Also, you need milk which is not homogenized, in order to get cream from the milk, itself.

My husband is Norwegian on his father’s side. The recipes call for pounds of the stuff.

I think I read that the problem has to do with availability of pasture for the cows, who are not producing as much milk.


29 posted on 12/14/2011 12:51:05 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

Yep. Spring rains destroyed a lot of hay and grazing pastures up in the central valleys. But the bigger problem is that Tine is arrogant as hell.


30 posted on 12/14/2011 2:28:56 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: reformedliberal

Yep. Spring rains destroyed a lot of hay and grazing pastures up in the central valleys. But the bigger problem is that Tine is arrogant as hell.


31 posted on 12/14/2011 2:29:24 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Fiji Hill
I get Kerrygold butter at my local Trader Joe's.

Same here. TJ's has a good price on the stuff.

32 posted on 12/14/2011 9:26:37 PM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: Noumenon
The local Amish and Hutterite communities sel lthe best-tasting butter we’ve ever had. We buy it in 2 and 3 pound chubs.

I've heard good things about their products. If I ever see some of it for sale, will buy some.

I have tried raw butter and it is mighty good stuff.

33 posted on 12/14/2011 9:28:56 PM PST by pbmaltzman
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