Spreading The Pain: Pizza Makers Hit With Higher Cheese Costs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pizza makers - from family run pizzerias to national delivery chains - are feeling the pinch from escalating costs for an essential ingredient in a competitive industry.

Block cheddar cheese was more than two dollars a pound yesterday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, compared to a dollar and 17 cents a pound a year ago.

Many pizza makers are passing along the expense.

Pizza Hut and Papa John's have raised the price of their cheese-only pizzas to the same amount as one-topping pizzas at company-owned stores.

Chris Sternberg, a spokesman for Louisville-based Papa John's says the company uses about 100 (M) million pounds of cheese each year.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Former Pizza Manager Location: Lexington on Jun 24, 2007 at 05:04 PM
    The cost for the ingredients alone are more than that, when you add other costs, like.. I don't know... your salary, the profit margin is not all that high. There are more factors than cost of ingredients in the 14.99 price, rising costs of cheese will definitely hurt.
  • by Former Pizza Maker Location: Lexington on Jun 23, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    Pizza has the highest mark up of any fast food available. It costs on average, less than 3 dollars to make a pizza, yet we are charged $14.99 to buy it. Come on, you can absorb the "higher" cost of cheese.
  • by HB Location: Clay City on Jun 22, 2007 at 10:02 PM
    Casey, everything is regulated by oil prices. As long as they keep going up we'll see everything else down the line go up to. The plastics used to contain items, the bags we carry groceries home in, the fuel used to deliver the items to the stores, in some for or fashion oil plays a part in it. We need to get away from oil now.
  • by Joe Location: Stanton, KY on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:24 PM
    Wilcy's Pizza in Stanton hasn't had to raise prices in over 20 years. I hope the cost of cheese don't force us to raise our prices. Higher prices means less tips for for me.. I have to raise 5 sons on those tips. Gas is already putting a hurt on me. Milk and gas prices are hurting the low income people. The lower income people are the ones that tip the most. The sad part is that most of the people around here with money don't tip at all and if they do its just the coins. I have poor people that try to tip me and I told them to keep the money because they needed it more than me. Another thing that sucks is the working poor can't get any help from the state. The only way you can get help is to sit on your (edited) and do drugs all day. Then the state will put you in a house pay your rent and give you a check and hundreds of dollars in foodstamps. All the while the working poor are taking a candy bar to work for lunch and eating one meal a day to make sure their kids have food. If they tried to go to school to better themselves they would starve.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 22, 2007 at 01:53 PM
    First gas and now pizza? What is this world coming to?

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