Milk prices vary across Canadian provinces

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The average price of milk has increased 3.6% since March 2020 in 18 out of 20 markets

The cheapest milk prices in Canada are found in the city of Sudbury in northern Ontario.

Milk prices vary from market to market, according to a study by Field Agent Canada.

The average price of milk has increased 3.6 percent since March 2020 in 18 of 20 markets examined by the Canadian Fluid Milk Report.

Price changes ranged from an increase of 10.6% in Halifax to 0.6% in Laval, Quebec. Prices fell 6.1% in Victoria, British Columbia and 4.6% in Charlottetown, PEI.

The cheapest milk found in Sudbury at $ 4.68 for a four-liter jug ​​for two percent, compared to $ 7.13 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

While the lower price of milk in Sudbury stems from retail competition and the use of milk as a lead product to attract customers, Gerry Doucette, field agent, general manager, says regional price differences are usually caused by the supply management system which controls milk production through provincial quotas.

“In Quebec, prices are generally higher than in Ontario – it’s more a question of supply management,” he told Canadian Grocer. “In Atlantic Canada, it’s really about inefficiency. save on shipping milk from Ontario to the Maritimes and do it at a much lower price.

The cheapest milk in retail stores was found at Costco in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia at $ 4.65 for a four-liter jug ​​($ 1.07 per liter). And convenience stores 7-Eleven and Circle K sold a two-liter jug ​​of milk for $ 4.99 ($ ​​2.50 per liter).

Doucette said the price reflects the cost of the milk landed at the store.

The Field Agent study used data collected from a network of mobile phone users and 185 stores across Canada between May 7 and June 20 in 20 markets.

Milk prices in Regina averaged $ 1.36 per liter, or $ 5.39 for four liters of two percent milk.

Ron Walter can be reached at [email protected]

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