Full text: The Demand for Empire butter

In Bristol, New Zealand butter was the type most commonly 
stocked. Nearly 25 per cent. of the shops visited were stocking only 
New Zealand, and in addition over 50 per cent. were selling it as the 
chief line. Irish butter was stocked mainly as a second line in 
independent and local multiple shops. 
In Cardiff, Newport, and Swansea, Irish was the predominant butter 
in all types of shop except Non-Local Multiples; it was the only 
butter stocked in 25 per cent. of the shops visited, and the chief line 
in a further 25 per cent. New Zealand was most frequently found in 
the Non-Local Multiples where it was generally sold as the chief 
line ; in the other types of shop, it was usually stocked as a second line 
to Irish. 
Packeted butters were found in a larger proportion of shops in 
Bristol than in the South Wales towns. Most of the shops stocking 
these butters were Independents. 
Danish was confined almost entirely to the Non-Local Multiples 
in both Bristol and South Wales. About half these shops were selling 
it as a chief line. 
Bulk-blended was stocked by about 40 per cent. of the shops visited 
in Swansea ; these were mostly Independents and Co-operatives. In 
the other towns of the area, the proportions were much smaller. 
Prices.—In the First Survey (June, 1929), the most usual price for 
all the principal bulk butters was 1s. 84. ; in the Second Survey 
(September), Irish and New Zealand were generally sold at 1s. 94. 
and Danish at 1s. 104. The range of prices was greater for Irish 
than for other butters. New Zealand and Irish butters were on an 
average slightly dearer in Bristol than in South Wales. 
The eight shops which sold packeted butter at 1s. 84. in the First 
Survey were all branches of a multiple firm in Swansea selling its own 
The prices of the majority of butters rose by a penny per pound 
during July and August.

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