Texas dairy farmers losing in milk wars
By BARRY SHLACHTER
North Texas consumers are finding a rare silver lining to the recession.
A milk war has begun.
Competing supermarket chains are slashing prices on milk due to a worldwide dairy glut caused by factors including the economic downturn and import cutbacks by China. And milk producers in Texas’ big dairy producing areas near Stephenville, Sulphur Springs and in the High Plains are being hurt.
In some cases, retail milk prices have dropped 35 percent to 40 percent from a year earlier.
Through Tuesday, Minyard’s Sack’n Save is selling milk at $2.58 a gallon. Market Street in Colleyville is competing with a $2.50 price tag and Safeway-owned Tom Thumb sweetens the offer by a penny at $2.49.