Tracking Milk and Egg Trends
Washington--For the first quarter of 2010, shoppers reported the average price for a half-gallon of regular whole milk was $2.00, up 1 cent from the prior quarter. The average price for one gallon of regular whole milk was $3.15, up 14 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 $3.62, up 54 cents from the last quarter, more than 50 percent higher than the reported retail price for a half-gallon of regular milk ($2).
The average price for a half-gallon of organic milk was $3.66, up 9 cents compared to the fourth quarter of 2009 quarter – about 80 percent higher than the reported retail price for a half-gallon of regular milk ($2).
Compared to a year ago (first quarter of 2009), the retail price for regular milk in gallon containers was unchanged while regular milk in half-gallon containers decreased 8 percent. The average retail price for rBST-free milk increased about 13 percent in a year’s time. The average retail price for organic milk in half-gallon containers dropped about 1 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the prior year.
For the first quarter of 2010, the average price for one dozen regular eggs was $1.74. The average price for “cage-free” eggs was $2.91 per dozen, about 70 percent more per dozen than regular eggs. Compared to a year ago (first quarter of 2009), regular eggs increased 16 percent while “cage-free” eggs were unchanged.
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