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Pizza Prices Rise All Across The Nation
10 Sep 2007
Because of high milk prices, the prices of cheese are higher, too.
Local pizzerias are suffering and have faced increases in cheese prices, causing them to raise the prices on the menus.Prices seem destined to go up. That’s especially true at many local pizzerias, as cheese prices have risen sharply this year.

Source: www.PizzaWebsites.Org

The culprit: the price of milk. Increased international and domestic demand has helped increase wholesale prices, said Mike Brouk, a dairy extension specialist with Kansas State University. A drought in Australia and tight summer supplies also have led to higher prices.

Milk prices are expected to rise 9 percent this fall, but Julie Ahmed, owner of Pizzeria Napoli, said she calculated a 71-percent increase in the price of cheese in the six months the business has been open.

“I’ve had to raise the prices of products with cheese, specifically mozzarella,” Ahmed said. “But prices for menu items like spaghetti and meatballs have not gone up.”

Ahmed said customers have been understanding of the recent price increases.

Connie St. Pierre said her customers at Pick A Pair Pizza have been understanding of the price hikes as well because they know the costs of milk is rising.

“The price (for cheese) went up big time,” St. Pierre said. “It used to be $67, and now it’s $88.”

St. Pierre said she is hopeful the price hikes will be reversed.

“I don’t know if the price will go down anytime soon,” St. Pierre said. “I’m hoping it will, but it’s not happening.”

But with production costs high for farmers — the demand for ethanol makes feeding cows more expensive — consumers just might have to swallow the price hikes, for now.

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