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Old 11-07-2004, 09:21 AM   #1
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What is the price of milk and buttermilk in your area?

In comparison to semi skimmed or full fat milk, what is the price of buttermilk for the same quantity?

EG list the price for 1 quart of full/semi milk and one quart of buttermilk.

Where I am, buttermilk is 400% more costly, eg if 1 quart of ordinary milk costs 50 cents, then 1 quart of buttermilk costs $2.00.

Is it the same for you?

Does anyone know why it should be so much more expensive?

Not a healthy alternative at that price.


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Old 11-07-2004, 06:55 PM   #2
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Well, this is not entirely accurate, as I found my milks both on sale this afternoon, but...

1 US Gallon of 2% milk was $1.89, while 1 US Quart of Lowfat Cultured Buttermilk was $.99. Normally, milk is at least $2.50 per gallon, while buttermilk is around $1.75 per quart!

Sounds like the same ratio as yours, if not worse normally!

Lately, for the last eight or nine months now, milk and dairy products have skyrocketed here to the point of being almost double in cost. The local Dairy Manager at the Tom Thumb grocery store I frequent states a state or national law that removes a store's ability to offer lower than market pricing is to blame. For the life of me, I can't find a legislative reference to that anywhere online. And you're not even stateside, are you Darkstream?

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Old 11-07-2004, 07:13 PM   #3
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Hang on to your pants everybody.....1 gal, 2% milk, the highest price here is $6.50 and the low is about $3.50.. And I drink alot of milk.
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Here in Canada, we have a "regulated" system, where dairy farmers are handed a "quota" that they can produce to, but not above (the excess gets sold off for "industrial milk" uses, or worse, is dumped down the drain, resulting in higher prices to both producers and consumers, as opposed the USA system of free market rules, where huge monopolies start to form...

I saw a "funny" cartoon after the USA Election, with a "pink" "United States of Canada", representing Canada and the Democratic States, and a "Jesus Loving Bible Belt" of all the Republican States...(and I add I'm certainly not attempting to offend anyone here!)...Democrats view Canada as Heaven, Republicans seem to view us as "Heck" (saw your "correction" on my last post1)

Anyways, milk here is "bagged" in four litre amounts for roughly $3.59 $Cdn (@ 0.83US$ rate of exchange), or in 2 litre cartons for about $3.50, reflecting more expensive packaging....

I've not bought buttermilk in ages, according to quick memory, but its expensive....leaving the cash potential for whipping cream and butter in the milk apparently drives the price nuts, but thats ALL going to the middleman, never the farmer...

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Old 11-07-2004, 08:01 PM   #5
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2% right now is on sale for 1.99. few weeks ago it was 2.89 a gallon.
don't know about buttermilk though. have to check on that
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Old 11-07-2004, 08:05 PM   #6
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I buy a gallon of skim milk for approximately $3.50 per gallon here in Maine.
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Old 11-07-2004, 08:12 PM   #7
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Yesterday in Reno, NV I paid around $2.20 per gallon of 2% milk. Here locally I normally pay about $3.25 per gallon of 2% milk. I have not bought any buttermilk lately.
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Old 11-07-2004, 10:30 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by wasabi
Hang on to your pants everybody.....1 gal, 2% milk, the highest price here is $6.50 and the low is about $3.50.. And I drink alot of milk.
wasabi, it would be cheaper to buy a cow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Old 11-07-2004, 11:01 PM   #9
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I just paid AUD$2.30 for a litre of milk but it is possible to get generic brands for AUD$1.95. Low fat versions are about 20-30c dearer. I think I will start drinking Petrol/Gas selling AUD$1.08 per litre today.

1 gallon [US, liquid] = 3.7854118 liter.
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Old 11-08-2004, 04:57 AM   #10
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Looking at your ratios, the buttermilk is betweeen two to two and a half times more expensive than ordinary milk, not four times the price as it is in my locality.

This is still outrageous for what is a byproduct of another industrial process which has removed the valuable cream from the milk to make into butter.

Sounds like predatory pricing to me.

Incidently, did you just elect a COMMUNIST government? Government enforced price controls do not sound like the actions of a free market economy. Even where they have been tried in merely socialist counties they have been found not to work.

Finally, an examination of the language used shows that it is rubbish. What IS a market price? It is the price set in the market by willing buyers and willing sellers. Therefore, in order to HAVE a market price below which you cannot go, you first have to be ABLE to set your price wherever you want it. The stsatement is internally inconsistent.

I suggest you ask the manager for a full citation of the statute, clase number and subclause so you can look it up in the law library. It should at least give him something to think about!

There are some substatial price differences arround the US. Is it transport costs?

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