Retail milk price averages $2.94

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The highest priced milk in the U.S. sits on retail shelves in Seattle, Wash., according to a USDA survey of retail milk prices in 32 U.S. cities and metropolitan areas. The retail price per gallon of reduced fat (2%) milk in Seattle averaged $3.78 during the first quarter of this year. Portland, Ore.; Denver, Colo.; New Orleans, La., and Minneapolis, Minn., round out the top five areas with the highest retail milk prices.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee, Wis., residents paid the lowest retail price per gallon of 2% milk – an average of $2.31 per gallon. Consumers in Carbondale, Ill.; Boise, Idaho; Pittsburgh, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio, paid the next lowest retail prices for a gallon of 2% milk.

The average retail price for a gallon of 2% milk across all 32 selected cities is $2.94. The table below summarizes the average retail price for 2% milk in each city surveyed by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

When comparing retail prices between cities, it is important to remember that brand market share and retail pricing policy variations may affect price differences.

Each month, AMS market administrators collect retail milk prices in several major cities within the Federal Milk Marketing Orders. They survey one outlet in each of the largest and second largest food-store chains and in the largest convenience-store chain in the selected city or metropolitan area. Then, they report the price for the most common brand based on shelf space. The reported price does not reflect sale prices.

Currently, prices are collected for whole milk and reduced fat (2%) milk sold in gallon containers.


Table: Average retail price for reduced fat (2%) milk in selected cities

City, State Average price for first quarter, 2002
Seattle, Wash. -- -- -- -- $3.78
Portland, Ore. -- -- -- -- $3.46
Denver, Colo. -- -- -- -- $3.35
New Orleans, La. -- -- -- -- $3.28
Minneapolis, Minn. -- -- -- $3.26
Atlanta, Ga. -- -- -- -- $3.19
St. Louis, Mo. -- -- -- -- $3.09
Miami, Fla. -- -- -- -- $3.08
Chicago, Ill. -- -- -- -- $3.06
Houston, Texas -- -- -- -- $3.04
Bergen County, N.J. -- -- -- $3.02
Dallas, Texas -- -- -- -- $3.02
Washington, D.C. -- -- -- $3.00
Indianapolis, Ind. -- -- -- -- $2.98
Hartford, Conn. -- -- -- -- $2.97
Boston, Mass. -- -- -- -- $2.95
Omaha, Neb. -- -- -- -- $2.95
Baltimore, Md. -- -- -- -- $2.90
Detroit, Mich. -- -- -- -- $2.88
Phoenix, Ariz. -- -- -- -- $2.88
Salt Lake City, Utah -- -- -- $2.86
Philadelphia, Pa. -- -- -- -- $2.83
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- -- -- $2.81
Cincinnati, Ohio -- -- -- -- $2.75
Kansas City, Mo. -- -- -- -- $2.75
Louisville, Ky. -- -- -- -- $2.66
Syracuse, N.Y. -- -- -- -- $2.65
Cleveland, Ohio -- -- -- -- $2.59
Pittsburgh, Pa. -- -- -- -- $2.59
Boise, Idaho -- -- -- -- $2.50
Carbondale, Ill. -- -- -- -- $2.50
Milwaukee, Wis. -- -- -- -- $2.31
Average -- -- -- -- -- $2.94
USDA-AMS

 



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