I’m not sure if it’s just our store or if it’s a widespread thing, but I’ve noticed that dairy prices have been sneaking up.
Our grocery store of choice is Meijer, a Michigan based chain.
Our four main dairy purchases consist of: Milk, Yogurt, Ice Cream, and Cheese. I haven’t really noticed what, if anything, has been changing what regards to price of cheese, but I’ve noticed a steady sneak-up in prices in the other three categories:
Our family drinks a lot of milk. Both my wife and I were raised to drink milk and have carried into adulthood the habit of drinking a glass of milk with dinner. Little Boy Beagle also drinks milk. As such we get at least two gallons per week. Last year, the ‘regular’ price for the store branded gallon of milk was $2.49 but could usually be had for $1.99. Now, the regular price seems to be $2.79 – $2.99 with a ‘sale’ consisting of a $2.49 price.
Price increase: Approximately 15-20%
My wife and I buy individual yogurt cups. I’ve written before about how my favorite is the Meijer branded yogurt. A year ago the regular price was $0.40 per cup, and you could often find them on sale for $0.30 per cup. Now, the regular price has been set at $0.50 per cup and a sale is the old regular price of $0.40.
Price increase: 25-33%
Our favorite summertime treat is a bowl of ice cream, which we’ll have a couple of times per week. Not only did Meijer sadly hop on the shrinking ice cream container bandwagon, going from 2 quarts to 1.75 quarts (which still beats Edy’s, which went from 2 quarts to 1.75 quarts, and THEN went to 1.5 quarts – FAIL!!!!), but they’ve increased the price. Last year, a 2 quart container sold for $2.50. This year, a 1.75 quart container sells for $3.09.
Price increase: Approximately 20%
Looking at a ‘typical’ week, that would consist of two gallons of milk, fourteen yogurt cups, and one container of ice cream. Last year, at regular prices, this would have cost roughly $13.08. This year, the same shopping list would cost $15.67. That’s a 20% increase in the cost of our dairy related items!
And all the talk I hear is about how we’re heading towards deflation! While that might be true in some cases, that definitely isn’t holding true around the dairy case!
What gives? Is this a Meijer thing or has anybody else been noticing a steady uptick in the price of dairy related items?