Dairy analysts estimate store milk prices could go up to 60 cents in March, reaching their highest ever — and according to NBC News, cheese is to blame. Short supply pushed cheese to a new peak price in January, rising from $1.80 to $2.36 a block, and that jump is driving the March increases for "fluid milk." But not every fridge will feel the pinch. Some stores may choose to eat the $.30 increase in farm-level milk prices occurring from January to March. In other areas, though, families could see their milk bills going up $.50-$.60 a gallon. Brian West, a spokesman for the Publix supermarket chain based in the Southeast, said the store expects milk prices to rise in the next few months.
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 Updated at 12:49 PM PDT