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Wheat shortage pushing prices to record highs

Pizza makers, grocers, consumers all feeling effects

High Bridge Pizza worker Danica Graybo, 18, of Rotterdam, adds toppings to a pizza Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
High Bridge Pizza worker Danica Graybo, 18, of Rotterdam, adds toppings to a pizza Thursday.
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It used to be that flour was the reliably cheap part of making a pizza. “I’ve owned the business here for about 15 years and flour has always ranged around $8 to $10 for a 50-pound bag of flour. It’s getting up close to $30 now. It’s gone up about 200 percent,” said Jim Smith, owner of High Bridge Pizzeria in Rotterdam. Record high wheat prices are squeezing the profit margins of flour wholesalers and ...

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mus302
February 29, 2008
6:45 a.m.

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Nationally, wheat acres were up in 2007 by over 3 million acres over 2006 numbers.

desimony
February 29, 2008
9:11 a.m.

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Informative article. Someone should have edited the front page photo (at least for the sake of the owners of High Bridge Pizzeria). A front page photo of a food handler with out hair restraint or gloves? Not good publicity at all!

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