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Delhi, New Delhi, India, 2007/03/22 - Rising demand for ethanol is expected to make corn-based foods dearer in near future. But the hike is not believed to put pressure on consumers’ pocket.
Rising ethanol demand is likely to take the prices of products, from broiler chicken to soft drinks, at grocery stores northwards. However, the change in prices may be too small for customers to notice.
The period from August 2006 to January 2007 saw the value of corn grain becoming double due to the surge in production of more corn-based ethanol. Consequently, high cost was suffered by foods that has corn as an ingredient or depend on it as animal feed.
Products that are facing price hike include processed foods like ketchup (produced from high-fructose corn syrup), soft drinks, corn-based food items, like breakfast cereal, and corn chips, and wheat flour and soybean oil. But the largest price hike is expected to be seen by dairy and meet items because manufacturers are being compelled to pay much higher for corn-based feed.
Robert Wisner, Agriculture Economist, Iowa State University, said in statement reported by The Mercury News on Feb. 26, 2007, “We've seen a little of the retail food price impact already”. He projected that the consumer prices would rise gradually over the coming few years as the ethanol industry would raise its capacity to more than double.
In January 2007, the US Department of Agriculture predicted that if corn prices increase by $1 per bushel, then grocery customers would see the pork prices increase by around 3% within few years.
According to the RNCOS report “US Biotech Market Analysis”, with energy crunch and zoom in prices of gas that brewed in US in some past years, interest in the production of alternative fuels like ethanol increased dramatically. American cultivators improved the corn production by 39 billion pound in the first decade of plant biotech-derived crops. This increased production is equal to 1.9 billion gallon of ethanol.
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