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do any of you get involved in purchasing?

my dairy costs (particularly butter) have been rising out of sight- my latest invoice blew me away- i figured my butter prices have risen 55% since February (my supplier promised me it was only temporary- and that was last month at the 40%level) - since i have a wholesale and retail bakery- my selling prices must stay relatively fixed -i cant flow with market pricing like a hotel or restaurant- i wont substitute for the butter-
Yikes!! time to check other suppliers- unless this is an across the market phenom like gas prices

anyone else going through this? and dare we get into average price per pound for things
in different parts of the country - and Canada?
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I noticed a HUGE jump in prices at all the grocery stores in the area about a month ago. I was buying a 4-pack from Sams' club for around $5.00 for years, then it jumped to around $10.00 for the same 4-pack. So I didn't buy it and thought I'd find it cheaper at the reg. grocery stores, they were even worse. Different brands... all were sky high!

Is this just Chicagoland?

P.S. How about our area!

Have you asked any of the dairies what this is all about? If they expect prices to stay high?
I aprecicate that what goes on with the farmer affects us, but how has demand changed? Growth is null right now.

We've been through this before with butter prices and they drop eventually (not quickly as I recall). It reminds my of the natural gas prices last winter....come on, every year winter comes in the mid-west. If the farmers are going out wouldn't some big guy for see that as good fortune for his butter selling business and move right in?
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