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Industry leaders to push for fair dairy pricing


November 18, 2010
By Canadian Pizza

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Industry leaders pushed for fair dairy pricing
Restaurant industry leaders called for fair dairy pricing for all Canadians during a meeting recently with the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) tribunal that determines the price of milk.

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Nov. 18, 2010, Ottawa – Restaurant industry leaders will be calling for
fair dairy pricing for all Canadians during a meeting today with the
Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) tribunal that determines the price of
milk.

In a press release, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) says the artificially high price of milk – a key ingredient in other dairy products, including cheese, butter, ice cream and yogurt – has driven up the cost of dairy products to the point where they are out of reach for many consumers and driving down dairy consumption in Canada.

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“Canada’s dairy pricing system is designed to be complex in order to drive prices up and escape public scrutiny,” said Garth Whyte, president and CEO of the CRFA. “It’s time for a fair and transparent dairy pricing system that works for restaurant operators, farmers and consumers.”

The current system has resulted in industrial milk prices skyrocketing by nearly 60 per cent since 1994 while the cost of production, as measured by the CDC, increased by just over six per cent, according to the CRFA.

“Restaurant operators are calling for a price roll-back,” said Whyte. “Record high dairy prices in Canada are driving consumers to make other menu choices and eroding demand for dairy products.”