2017 Monthly Inventory Statement of Butter and Cheese

Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP)

Reporting Guide

This guide is designed to assist you as you complete the 2017 Monthly Inventory Statement of Butter and Cheese. If you need more information, please call the Statistics Canada Help Line at the number below.

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Reporting Instructions

Report inventory values at the opening of business on the first Business day of the month.


  • inventory for all dairy products held in your establishment(s), whether owned by you or by others
  • inventory stored in specially rented rooms to which only you have access (except in emergency)
  • stocks held on government accounts.

Exclude products held in common or cold public storage (these will be reported by operators of those establishments).


Legal Name

The legal name is one recognized by law, thus it is the name liable for pursuit or for debts incurred by the business or organization. In the case of a corporation, it is the legal name as fixed by its charter or the statute by which the corporation was created.

Modifications to the legal name should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

To indicate a legal name of another legal entity you should instead indicate it in question 3 by selecting 'Not currently operational' and then choosing the applicable reason and providing the legal name of this other entity along with any other requested information.

Operating Name

The operating name is a name the business or organization is commonly known as if different from its legal name. The operating name is synonymous with trade name.

Current main activity

This question verifies the business or organization's current main activity as classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industry classification system developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Created against the background of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is designed to provide common definitions of the industrial structure of the three countries and a common statistical framework to facilitate the analysis of the three economies. NAICS is based on supply-side or production-oriented principles, to ensure that industrial data, classified to NAICS, are suitable for the analysis of production-related issues such as industrial performance.

The target entity for which NAICS is designed are businesses and other organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. They include farms, incorporated and unincorporated businesses and government business enterprises. They also include government institutions and agencies engaged in the production of marketed and non-marketed services, as well as organizations such as professional associations and unions and charitable or non-profit organizations and the employees of households.

The associated NAICS should reflect those activities conducted by the business or organizational unit(s) targeted by this questionnaire only, as identified in the 'Answering this questionnaire' section and which can be identified by the specified legal and operating name. The main activity is the activity which most defines the targeted business or organization's main purpose or reason for existence. For a business or organization that is for-profit, it is normally the activity that generates the majority of the revenue for the entity.

The NAICS classification contains a limited number of activity classifications; the associated classification might be applicable for this business or organization even if it is not exactly how you would describe this business or organization's main activity.

Please note that any modifications to the main activity through your response to this question might not necessarily be reflected prior to the transmitting of subsequent questionnaires and as a result they may not contain this updated information.

Dairy Products

  • Creamery butter
    • Include:
      • salted and unsalted butter
      • whipped butter
      • light or 'lite' butter
      • cultured butter
      • sweet butter
      • calorie-reduced butter
      • dairy spread
    • Exclude reworked butter and manufacturing cream.
  • Total inventory of cheese
    • Cheddar
      Include all sizes of cheddar cheese: block, stirred curd, curd and cheddar cheese used to make processed cheese.
    • Mozzarella
      • American full fat mozzarella (27% to 28 % B.F.)
      • American low fat mozzarella (17% to 20 % B.F.)
      • Italian full fat mozzarella (22% to 24 % B.F.)
      • Italian low fat mozzarella (15 % B.F.)
      • other mozzarella cheese products.
    • Other factory cheese
      Include: brick, casata, feta, gouda, marble, swiss, curd cheese, etc.
    • Processed cheese
      Include processed cheese, processed cheese food, processed cheese spread made from cheddar cheese or other cheeses.

Inventory owned by dairy processors

Please indicate whether or not any of the dairy products held in inventory were owned by dairy processors.

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