The spread between half-gallon organic and conventional milk rose 21 cents to $1.88
Retailers’ ads focus on butter, cottage cheese and milk gallons; yogurt and cheese not so much.
U.S. retailers are promoting butter, cottage cheese and milk for the week of April 24 to 30, according to USDA’s Dairy Market News. Following are highlights from the current issue:
There was strong growth in ad numbers for 1# butter, +127%; 16 oz. cottage cheese, 186%; and gallon milk, 125%.
National weighted average advertised prices are: butter, $2.86, down 40 cents; cottage cheese, $2.10, down 21 cents; and gallon milk, $2.91, up 6 cents.
Average price of a half-pound of cheese is $2.38
The U.S. average advertised price for 8 ounce cheese blocks, $2.38, is up 16 cents from one week ago, and 17 cents from a year ago; 8 ounce shredded cheese at $2.54, is 24 cents above a week ago and 10 cents above one year ago. Cheese ad numbers increased 23% from last week.
Prices of yogurts hold steady; retailers are not promoting the category
The average price of 4-6 ounce Greek yogurt, $.99, is 1 cent above last week, and even with a year ago. Yogurt in 4-6 ounce packages averages 46 cents, down 2 cents from last week, and down 5 cents from a year ago. Yogurt ad numbers decreased 6% from last week.
A half-gallon of organic milk costs $1.88 more than conventional milk
The organic/conventional half-gallon milk price spread is $1.88, up 21 cents from last week. The price spread is the difference between the national weighted average conventional milk price for half gallons, $1.87, down 26 cents from one week ago, and the average for organic half gallon milk, $3.75, down 5 cents from last week.
Note: advertised prices for dairy products at major retail supermarket outlets ending during the period of April 24 to 30, 2015.