Price of milk and butter soars in the Netherlands
Full-cream milk and butter, for example, cost 35% more than a year ago, while semi-skimmed milk is 25% more expensive.
Cheese is up by an average of 7%. The price of yoghurt, by contrast, is up just 2%. Within the eurozone as a whole, the price of dairy products have shot up the most in the Netherlands, the CBS says.
The CBS says some 14% of the average Dutch food bill goes on dairy products which, despite the Dutch reputation as a nation of dairy lovers, is one of the lowest percentages in Europe.
Only Spain, Belgium and Portugal spend less. By contrast, dairy accounts for nearly 23% of the average Lithuanian food bill. ■