LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you’ve likely noticed the higher cost of many dairy products. The cost for some items has increased slightly while other products have seen a significant price jump.
These price hikes are due to a few reasons.
The bird flu outbreak has led to the death of millions of egg-laying birds which has resulted in businesses continuing to face supply chain issues and costs for bird feed costs are higher.
Ruth Ashcroft, the manager of Montana Plains Bakery on Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg, says a case of butter that would cost them $15 has gone up to $20 or $30 and a quart of heavy cream doubled from $3 to $6.
“Our wheat flour, milk, butter, [and] eggs have all incrementally gone up, especially butter I think is the big one right now,” said Ashcroft.
She says prices fluctuate often and inconsistent prices from producers are causing them to rethink their own prices.
“If we went up like 25 to 50 cents across the board on everything, that might do the trick, but it might be that we have to do particular items,” Ashcroft said.
She also says they’ve been cutting back where they can while continuing to serve customers.
“We hope that they’ll understand,” Ashcroft told WFXR News. “Yeah, we’re trying to keep staffing really low so we don’t have a lot of overhead. Anywhere we can cut, we will.”
As of Friday, April 8, reports have shown that the cost of large Grade A white eggs is more than double what it was last month.
Ashcroft encourages everyone to buy locally during this time and to utilize local producers.