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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

October 25, 2016: American Butter Institute Board Elects New Leadership

October 17, 2016: ABI Comments on FDA's Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

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. 


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)



PresidentJohn Ellenberger, Senior Vice President, US Dairy Foods of Land O’ Lakes, Inc. (Arden Hills, Minn.)

1st Vice PresidentRandy Robinson, CEO of High Desert Milk (Burley, Idaho)

2nd Vice PresidentCraig Alexander, Vice President, Dairy Ingredient Sales & Regulatory Affairs of O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc. (Batavia, N.Y.)


ABI Staff

Tom Balmer - 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) 243-6111