I subscribe to some thrifty-mom and coupon-clipping sites (I am neither thrifty nor a mom, but I do enjoy coupons), and I’ve been hearing some rumblings about butter prices skyrocketing to astronomical levels.  Folks have been saying that butter has reached five dollars per pound and are scrambling for some money-saving coupons.  We don’t use that much butter in my house, so I didn’t have the need to purchase butter until yesterday, a couple months since my last purchase.

I shop at Hannaford, so there are limited butter choices: Land O’ Lakes, Hannaford brand, Cabot, Katie’s, Organic Valley, Horizon Organic.  This week, butter on my shopping list, I did some investigation:

  • Hannaford brand, $2.99 per pound
  • Cabot, $3.09 per pound
  • Katie’s, $3.99 per pound
  • Organic Valley, $3.99 per pound
  • Horizon Organic, $3.99 per pound
  • Land O’ Lakes, $4.47 per pound

What the hell?  Why is LOL so much more expensive? Katie’s, Organic Valley, and Horizon prices were expected – that’s about average for those brands (and organic always gets a premium).  But LOL at nearly five dollars per pound?  Something is wrong.

I have two questions:

  • Why is LOL so much more expensive than the store brands, and Cabot?
  • Why would you buy LOL if you had the option of purchasing a less expensive (and just as good) Cabot butter?

(For the record, I bought Cabot.  My dad is a dairy farmer, and I like to support local farms whenever possible.  I’m trying to talk my dad into selling his milk to Cabot, but he has not yet made the move.)

Anyone know why Land O’ Lakes is charging so much?

Why is this butter so damned expensive?