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Got milk? Prices could spike

Webster, N.Y. -- Milk is the most popular item in the dairy case at Hegedorns Market in Webster and one of the top sellers in the store.

Manager Jon Gonzalez said he has heard about a possible increase of as much as 60 cents per gallon for milk. He said its never a good thing when prices go up, but he said milk prices always fluctuate. He also said the store has heard that the drought in the Midwest might cause a spike in milk prices.

The drought is affecting the alfalfa plant, which is used to feed the cattle. Farmers are raising prices because of increased feed costs. Theres also a bigger demand for milk internationally, and that demand is also driving up prices.

Its too early to say if we will see that kind of increase here, but customers tell us while they dont want to pay that much more, they will still buy milk because they need it.

Gonzalez said Hegedorns tries to keep prices as low as possible and has sold milk at lower prices to remain competitive, even if it means losing money in the end. The store's focus is on giving customers the best price they can.

Wegmans wouldnt comment telling, us it doesn't talk about future price hikes. The average price now for a gallon of fat-free milk at Hegedorns is $2.29 a gallon.

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Washington Times