Can't believe I'm asking this.....why the hell is Cream suddenly so expensive?

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Found 15th Nov 2007
In the last few weeks Single and Double Cream have gone up by 50% (I don't buy a lot of cream but do like it in my coffee).

About 4 weeks ago Single Cream was about 95p, it then jumped to £1.22 now it's around £1.48 (600g cartons).....interestingly (well I think so) if you look at comparesupermarketprices site then you'll find that Asda, Sainsbury and Tesco are all charging exactly the same for the 3 main sizes (150g, 300g and 600g) in Double and Single Cream.

Is this a rigged market in the run up to Crimbo so they can salsh the price to say £1.10 (still above the 95p originally) and say it's 'On Sale'? I can't imagine the supply chain costs for a 'fast to market' commodity like cream can have gone up 50% in the matter of 4-5 weeks and people not be aware of the reasons (OK fuels gone up but that can't account for more then 5% of creams overall costs).

Any ideas anyone?

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The war in Iraq plays a large part I think.

Didn't the price of milk jump in price recently as well...one minute most retailers were selling 4 pints of milk for £1.05 (at least in London stores on average), the next it was like £1.35....

So if milk has gone up in price, I would imagine the cream would too...

Brace yourself because the likelihood is that prices can only increase.

telegraph.co.uk/new…xml

gives a pretty accurate account.
The real "danger" on increasing prices worldwide appears to be the emerging economies of China and India.

With well over 2 billion people to feed and with their economies growing at a rapid rate due to the West's insatiable appetite for consumerism the likes of China and India has more and more money to spend on goods they couldn't afford before, namely food, fuel and other raw products.

If you want a real shock do some research on China and what it is doing in the likes of Africa. Scary stuff.

Take care

Original Poster

That may account for some of it.....

But I have the feeling this is a Crimbo 'special offer' deal from the supermarkets coming.

all prices seem to be going up at the moment on staple goods

i noticed a 4 pint jug of milk was £1.48 or something. i couldnt believe it. used to be close to £1

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Its because the price of fuel (to transport the goods) has risen, coupled with the poor summer (bird flu, blue tongue, widespread flooding and foot and mouth) that the farming industry has had.

its because of the floods here and the drought in Europe over the summer, we havent got enough animal feeds therefore those prices went up therefore all diary prices went up. Also a few years ago the supermarkets did the poor farmers( yup those people with acreas and acres of land) a deal so they get paid a better price for their produce, this is kicking in now too. i think this is right, sounds good anyway!!! Heard it on radio a few days ago

Yes I agree the prices in the supermarkets seem to be rising. A couple of years ago farmers were getting approimately 17p per litre of milk. In this weeks Farmers Weekly a farmer is quoted as getting an average milk price of 18.3p/litre. Somewhere along the line someone is making a lot of money and it certainly is not the farmer!!:-( Have just read the last reply. Not all farmers own acres and acres of land, a lot are rented and very few people would be willing to put the hours in for the returns that they have been getting in the past.)

If farming was so financially viable and easy why does it have one of the highest suicide rates of any occupation in this country?

everything agriculture based has gone up ie hay straw grain etc etc even though its produced by arable farmers dairy farmers have to pay the higher rates as defra has imposed so many regs' on farmers so we have to pay the higher prices for the end products

Original Poster

After reading all the comments on this thread I've made a decision......

If the Chinese are buying all the Milk to make Milk Powder and that's driving up the price of Milk then..........I'm boycotting China Town and Chinese Food!!

That'll show em......

:santa:

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You may remember seeing occasional news reports on the TV, reporting that Cravendale tastes so good the cows want it back. Regrettebly, a supermarket worker who was taken hostage by a rogue group of special-ops cows handed them a cartoon of cream. The cow's have tasted cream and it tasted good. This explains the price rise.

JDeal

You may remember seeing occasional news reports on the TV, reporting that … You may remember seeing occasional news reports on the TV, reporting that Cravendale tastes so good the cows want it back. Regrettebly, a supermarket worker who was taken hostage by a rogue group of special-ops cows handed them a cartoon of cream. The cow's have tasted cream and it tasted good. This explains the price rise.



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