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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 27 active member companies that market approximately 90 percent of all the butter manufactured in the United States.

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.

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.



PresidentRandy Robinson, CEO of High Desert Milk (Burley, Idaho)

1st Vice PresidentCraig Alexander, Vice President, Dairy Ingredient Sales & Regulatory Affairs of O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc. (Batavia, N.Y.)

2nd Vice PresidentMarshall Reece, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (New Ulm, Minnesota)


Active Members

Agri-Dairy Products, Inc.

Agri-Mark, Inc.

Associated Milk Producers, Inc.

Beaver Meadow Creamery, Inc.

Butterball Farms, Inc.

Butterfields Butter

Challenge Dairy Products, Inc.

Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Products Inc.


Foremost Farms USA

Foster Farms Dairy

Graf Creamery                  

Great Lakes Milk Products, Inc.

High Desert Milk

Hoogwegt U.S., Inc.

Hunter, Walton & Co., Inc.

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Larsen’s Creamery

MD & VA Milk Producers Coop

Michigan Milk Producers Assn.

O-AT-KA Milk Products

Ornua Foods North America

Prairie Farms Dairy

Rich Dairy Products

T.C. Jacoby & Co.

Tillamook County Creamery

Turner & Pease


Associate Members


Ivarson, Inc.

Schuman Cheese


ABI Staff

Tom Balmer - Executive Director

Khadija Gibson-White - Program Manager

Beth Briczinski - Vice President, Dairy Foods & Nutrition

Peter Vitaliano - Vice President, Economic Policy & Market Research


Contact ABI

American Butter Institute

2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600

Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: (703) 243-6111