There’s a Butter Shortage in France and Everyone Is Worried About the Croissants
There is a butter shortage in France that is croissant, brioches and other viennoiseries at the bakery.
Over the past year, the price of butter has skyrocketed 92 percent.
“The industry is under unsustainable pressure,” Fabien Castanier from the federation of French biscuit and cake-makers told The Guardian. “And it’s going to get worse. There’s a real risk of butter running out.”
A spokesperson for the Federation of Bakeries in France told Le Figaro that while the bakeries will not double the price of their coffee eclairs, some may choose to raise prices by about 10 cents to cover the increased cost of butter.
The shortage can be traced back to a milk shortage that hit Europe in 2016. Although the milk shortage is rampant throughout the continent, it hit France particularly hard. Combined with the fact that most French milk is then used to make cheese or cream before butter, demand (and prices) has gone through the roof.
Butter makes up about 25 percent of a croissant, so it’s unlikely that bakeries will use a substitute. Each bakery will have to make their own decision about how to deal with the shortage. At best, customers will just pay more for their beloved buttery treats at the counter. At worst, they may have to live without.