Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock'

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2004/05/10 17:00:45 (permalink)

Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock'


Already staggering from sticker shock at the gas pump, consumers may suffer "licker shock" at the ice cream stand this summer when they see some of the industry's biggest price hikes ever.

Blame it on bad timing. A combination of political unrest and natural disasters overseas, and fluctuations in the dairy industry in this country has left ice cream manufacturers grappling with higher prices for key ingredients including milk, vanilla and cocoa.

"I have been in this industry for nearly 20 years and I have never seen all of these things come together at one time," said Lynda Utterback, executive director of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association.

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    marberthenad
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/10 21:11:08 (permalink)
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    I heard that the cost of milk was going up due to atkins. All the dairy farmers made money selling off their cows for beef due to the demand. Now there's a milk shortage. It's going to be cheaper to drink gasoline!!!" />


    Maybe Atkins is causing a run on cream, which is high fat and zero carbs ....
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/10 23:16:37 (permalink)
    Color me ignorant, but I thought dairy cows were usually different breeds than those used for beef production? Is that wrong?
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/11 12:48:26 (permalink)
    I've SOLVED this problem: Buy Popsicles! They can't possibly raise the price of water!
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/11 13:16:56 (permalink)
    the cost of milk is not going up due to Atkins. The Atkins following can only dream that htey have that much influence. Its not like everyone is on Atkins.
    In fact, i know more people that have given up the diet than are starting it. Wonder if that is the case for other?

    there used to be a glut of milk and now there isnt. Cocoa prices are through the roof due to conflict in the Ivory Coast. And Vanilla is also high due to the crop being wiped out in Madagascar. Vanilla has skyrocketed the past couple of years, not just this one.

    Cant help but point out that maybe this is just the tip of the iceberg when you have a overpopulated planet that shows not signs of abating.
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/11 13:59:08 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Color me ignorant, but I thought dairy cows were usually different breeds than those used for beef production? Is that wrong?


    Milked out dairy cows are slaughtered for food.
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/12 23:36:39 (permalink)
    Well just to be on the safe side, I just bought 6 pints of my favorite Ben & Jerry's (Pistachio) on sale this week for two bucks each.
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/13 08:27:03 (permalink)
    My favorite local ice cream store in Boston (Christina's) raised prices 20% the other day. In MA, the maximum price of dairy is regulated by the state, and recently it was increased so everyone seems to be taking advantage of it.
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/13 08:52:53 (permalink)
    I noticed in the sales ad last night that my regular grocery store has Edys ice cream, buy one, get one free for 4.99. Then , in last weeks coupons, I clipped a coupon for 1.00 so I can get two 1/2 gallon containers for 3.99. I'd better stock up.
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/29 10:59:32 (permalink)
    I love good ice cream, and had heard that Cold Stone was really special. They opened a branch locally this spring and I finally got over there. Had a good cup of ice cream, but it cost over $5 for a SMALL!!! Personally, I'd just as soon eat Ben and Jerry's, which is consistently good and not (especially in comparison) so expensive.
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/29 13:00:24 (permalink)
    Strickland's frozen custard has always been a favorite in my area. They are now selling franchises and are expanding out of Ohio.I just bought two cones the other day ( a small and a large) and it cost six bucks!They still pack'em in though.
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    RE: Ice Cream Prices May Cause 'Licker Shock' 2004/05/29 13:51:14 (permalink)
    Edy's and Breyer's is selling this weekend (Holiday?) for 2 for $5.00 at all of the major markets...and since WalMart honor's other store prices, even at Wally World it is going pretty cheap.
    One point on the down side...the half-gallon is in many cases not a half-gallon anymore. it is a qt. and a half...or some other smaller container.
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