Who We Are

The American Butter Institute (ABI) is a non-profit trade association based in Arlington, VA, comprised of manufacturers, processors, marketers, and distributors of butter and butter products.

ABI helps its members enhance their knowledge and marketing of the butter industry by providing opportunities for professional dialogue, education, exchange of industry data and sharing of policy activity.

Originally established as the National Association of Creamery Butter Manufacturers in 1908, ABI’s membership currently markets approximately 90% of all the butter manufactured in the U.S.

ABI’s staff is dedicated to providing its members with the resources and support they need to succeed in the butter industry. ABI’s website, www.butterinstitute.org, is a valuable resource for butter industry news, information, and recipes.

Our Mission

To protect, promote and ensure the long-term viability of the butter industry, ABI helps its membership and the industry by:

  • Providing a collective industry voice that influences the development, growth and viability of the butter industry
  • Marketing butter to consumers to drive awareness and consumption
  • Advocating on policy issues impacting the butter industry. ABI works with policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels to educate them about the importance of butter and working to ensure that policies are in place that support the butter industry
  • Providing opportunities for professional dialogue: ABI hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including annual meetings, conferences, and webinars, where members can come together to discuss industry trends, share best practices, and network with other professionals
  • Offering educational resources including white papers, fact sheets, and data, that help members stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends and best practices

Our Objectives

  • To promote and protect the interests and welfare of the butter industry
  • To act as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas beneficial to the butter industry and the consuming public
  • To keep ABI members informed of legislative and regulatory proposals
  • To drive increased consumption of and awareness of the benefits of butter
  • To improve the sustainability of butter production and distribution, and share best practices and learnings as it relates to achieving dairy’s sustainability goals
  • To act as the voice for all actions affecting the industry and other relevant research and other industry developments and public relations on other interactions with government agencies