Kelownians are paying less for milk than the national average, but it is still one of the higher prices among Canadian cities.
Field Agent Canada released its annual Canadian Fluid Milk report on Tuesday, and it found Kelowna pays an average of $4.85 for a four-litre container of two per cent milk. The national average is $5.17, which is no doubt inflated by figures like $7.33 in Charlottetown and $6.71 in Laval, Que.
Field Agent Canada conducted its milk survey at 174 retail outlets in 20 markets between May 22 and May 29.
“We have seen decreases in the retail price of milk in some markets since the first edition of the Canadian Fluid Milk Report in 2015, but the disparity between the cheapest milk and most expensive milk in Canada is staggering,” Field Agent Canada general manager Jeff Doucette said in a press release.
The cheapest milk in the country was found in Ottawa, where residents pay $4.38 for four litres of milk.
“With the upcoming federal election and the recent announcement of the first ever Food Policy for Canada, it is a great time to restart the discussion on why Atlantic Canadians are paying up to 42 per cent more than the national average for a safe and healthy, staple product,” Doucette said. “Canada’s protective market structure and inefficient production system is outdated and needs to evolve for the 21st century.”
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