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Boston Pork Butt

bogeyman2b Sep 10, 2011 09:37 AM

Where is the best place to purchase Boston Butts at an economical price in south FL?
We've purchased many from Penn Dutch...in 8 months they have increaed 80%!!!
Last fall a 2-pack or about 20 lbs was $25.72...last week the same package was $45.77.

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    LargeLife RE: bogeyman2b Sep 11, 2011 06:10 AM

    Meat prices are extremely high right now.......We own a catering company and use large amounts of Pork Butts (shoulders actually) and we too can't believe how expensive they've become.....It's a fuel issue.....All you have to do is look at the cost of diesel fuel (which is about $4 per gallon) and that's where the rise in prices is......Meat is heavy and expensive to ship.....thus the rise in prices......

    Best price is usually at Sam's......and that's by the CASE......

    Ft. Pierce, FL

    1. CFByrne RE: bogeyman2b Sep 11, 2011 09:05 AM

      Check out the graph of wholesale hog prices over the past year...


      Last November it was 63 cents a pound. Currently bouncing around the $1 mark.

      Some explanations here:


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        LargeLife RE: CFByrne Sep 11, 2011 03:07 PM

        Very good information CF....Thanks......I didn't know that pork prices had risen that significantly.....I'm in a commodities business.....our prices (farm level) are about the same as last year.....but we're battling BIG fuel surcharges each and every day......Fuel surcharges from farm level....to us....and then on to our customers....and then theirs......a vicious cycle.....Diesel at $4 is ridiculous given the process......

        Good information......Time to start investing in pork bellies!.....Damned celebrity chefs are driving up prices now that they've decided to "gourmet-a-lize" bacon.......


        Ft. Pierce, FL

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          CFByrne RE: LargeLife Sep 12, 2011 05:18 AM

          Emac you are probably joking about investing in pork bellies...

          But actually, for folks dependent on agricultural products for their business... it might not be a bad idea, theoretically speaking, and if, of course, you know what you are doing.

          Basically you'd be looking at commodities futures and hedging against upcoming price fluctuations - just as airlines do with jet fuel, etc. Of course it's a whole 'nother animal...

          Just making the point that from a business perspective, it's not all that crazy.

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          bogeyman2b RE: CFByrne Sep 12, 2011 04:04 AM

          wow...great information and clearly explains the nearly 80% increase from a low last November to the current peak, coupled with high fuel costs. Wonder this never hit the mainstream news. I would love to increase our product prices by this much!
          Many thanks for the feedback...new to this site and enjoying it.

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            CFByrne RE: bogeyman2b Sep 12, 2011 05:24 AM

            Bogey, a good site for tracking Ag trends - and the coming Food Price Crisis IS a BIG trend...


            Further food shortages said to be coming due to "perfect storm" of:
            Growing world population
            Less arable land
            Shortage of Phosphorus and Potash = more expensive fertilizer
            Third world populations moving to more refined foods (meat instead of raw grains
            )Flood in some area, Drought in others
            And more... I could go on all day...

            It's going to be a squeeze for restaurants. The tough economy has consumers tightening their purses, and meanwhile their food costs will be rising. No wonder you are seeing lots of "gourmet pork tacos" etc.

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              LargeLife RE: CFByrne Sep 12, 2011 10:02 AM

              More great information, CF! Thanks!

              I'm in the imported floral business with rose farms in Ecuador / Colombia.....Our fertilizer costs have absolutely skyrocketed beyond belief......Packaging costs....plastics and cardboard are higher than ever.....We battle our airlines tooth-n-nail everyday over fuel costs and surcharges.....It ain't food but it's a battle!

              Ft. Pierce, FL

              PS.....Have you seen that documentary....."Food Inc."......very interesting.....

        3. RickL RE: bogeyman2b Sep 12, 2011 12:40 PM

          I thought I clicked on the CNBC link by mistake.

          As for your original question, you might try Western Beef. There's one in West Boca (23072 Sandalfoot Plaza Dr, Boca Raton,FL 33428 Mon - Sun 7am-10pm (561) 470-1157) and one in Pembrook Pines (8030 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 Mon - Sun 7am-10pm (954) 437-8330).


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            bogeyman2b RE: RickL Sep 12, 2011 02:10 PM

            RickL...thanks, we will check it out soon. It happens to be near our vet, but have never stopped by. Very Helpful. thanks again

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