Friday, January 7, 2011

Food Prices



Tracking Milk and Egg Prices


Washington--For the fourth quarter of 2010, shoppers reported the average price for a half-gallon of regular whole milk was $2.24, up 20 cents from the prior quarter. The average price for one gallon of regular whole milk was $3.35, up 19 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 $3.10, down 26 cents from the last quarter, about 40 percent higher than the reported retail price for a half-gallon of regular milk ($2.24).


The average price for a half-gallon of organic milk was $3.60, down 2 cents compared to the prior quarter–about 60 percent higher than the reported retail price for a half-gallon of regular milk ($2.24).


Compared to a year ago (fourth quarter of 2009), the retail price for regular milk in gallon containers was up about 10 percent while regular milk in half-gallon containers increased 13 percent. The average retail price for rBST-free milk went up and down over the quarters and was essentially unchanged in a year’s time. The average retail price for organic milk in half-gallon containers was stable throughout the year, fluctuating by just a few cents.


For the fourth quarter of 2010, the average price for one dozen regular eggs was $1.60. The average price for a dozen “cage-free” eggs was $3.07, about 90 percent higher than regular eggs. Compared to a year ago (fourth quarter of 2009), regular eggs increased 3 percent while “cage-free” eggs increased 11 percent.

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