Traverse City Businesses React To Rising Egg Prices
"Almost everything we make has egg in it. We’re in it for the long haul."
Bakeries, farmers and shoppers are still feeling the impact of the bird flu.
Egg prices remain high.
The effects of a bird flu outbreak in other parts of the US are still finding their way to Northern Michigan in the form of higher egg prices.
9&10’s Cody Boyer and photojournalist Melvin Kimbrough checked with businesses on the impact.
They have more details.
Eggs are one of the most purchased products from grocery stores.
They are also one of the most commonly used ingredients in cooking and baking.
Thanks to an outbreak of bird flu this year, costs are still high for people who need them.
"It bounces around. It’s gone up," says Mike Potter, owner and president of Potter’s Bakery. "They were over 100 dollars for a while, the way I used to buy them."
Mike Potter has owned potter’s bakery in traverse city for years.
Nearly all of his cakes, cookies and muffins all rely on eggs, no matter the price.
"We average 30 dozen a day, maybe, with different products that we make," Potter says. "When that’s a good part of percentage of ingredients, that definitely impacts us. We have to raise our prices."
Mike says the cost of eggs he buys from out-of-state has roughly tripled.
"What used to cost 30 dollars now costs a little over 90 [dollars]."
Not all are feeling the weight of high price tags.
Oryana Natural Foods Market relies on local, organic eggs.
They say their prices stay level.
"We haven’t really seen an impact yet," says Jonathan Cutler, manager of refrigerated goods at Oryana. "Our prices haven’t raised. We haven’t seen any shortages come through. Eggs are something people shop regularly for, it brings people into the store. The fact that we can keep a low price on the eggs helps our overall business."
In the meantime, Mike says he’ll keep working with what he has to keep customers happy.
"We’re not cutting corners to try to save money," Potter says. "The best thing we can do is just pass the increase on and hope that our products are good enough that people will keep coming back."
Many still hope the prices will go down but some don’t think they will for another nine months.