The American Farm Bureau’s recently-released quarterly market basket survey had some interesting retail milk pricing details.
For the first quarter of 2010, shoppers reported the average price for a half-gallon of regular whole milk was $2.00, up 1 cent from the prior quarter. The average price for one gallon of regular whole milk was $3.15, up 14 cents. On a price-per-quart basis, whole gallons were about 25 percent cheaper than half gallons.
A half-gallon of rBST-free milk averaged $3.62, up 54 cents from the previous quarter and 80 percent more expensive than a half gallon of regular milk. The average price for a half-gallon of organic milk was $3.66, up 9 cents from the fourth quarter of 2009 and also 80 percent more expensive than regular milk. Compared to the first three months of 2009, a gallon of regular milk is the same price; a half-gallon of regular is 8 percent cheaper; organic is 1 percent cheaper; and rBST-free is about 13 percent higher.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation, Western United Dairymen