Thursday, January 7, 2010

Just in from Washington


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Tracking Milk and Egg Trends
Washington--For the fourth quarter of 2009, shoppers reported the average price for a half-gallon of regular whole milk was $1.99, up 10 cents from the prior quarter. The average price for one gallon of regular whole milk was $3.04, up 17 cents. Comparing per-quart prices, the retail price for whole milk sold in gallon containers was about 25 percent lower compared to half-gallon containers, a typical volume discount long employed by retailers.

The average price for a half-gallon of rBST-free milk was $3.08, down 24 cents from the last quarter and about 55 percent higher than the reported retail price for a half-gallon of regular milk ($1.99).

The average price for a half-gallon of organic milk was $3.57, down 20 cents compared to the third quarter – about 80 percent higher than the reported retail price for a half-gallon of regular milk ($1.99).

Compared to a year ago (fourth quarter of 2008), the retail price for regular milk in gallon containers decreased by 20 percent while regular milk in half-gallon containers decreased 16 percent. The average retail price for rBST-free milk dropped about 11 percent in a year’s time. The average retail price for organic milk in half-gallon containers dropped about 4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the prior year.

For the fourth quarter of 2009, the average price for one dozen regular eggs was $1.55. The average price for “cage-free” eggs was $2.77 per dozen, about 80 percent more per dozen than regular eggs. Compared to a year ago (fourth quarter of 2008), regular eggs declined 13 percent while “cage-free” eggs declined 9 percent.

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