Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) Responds to Schwan Food Co. Hike of Pizza Prices

Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) Responds to Schwan Food Co. Hike of Pizza Prices

OMAHA, Neb., July 26 /PRNewswire/ — Numerous studies have shown that rising energy costs have a significantly greater impact on food prices than a rise in corn prices. A 33 percent rise in crude oil prices which translates into a $1.00 per gallon increase in the price of regular unleaded gasoline, results in a 0.6 to 0.9 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index for food. An increase of $1.00 for a bushel of corn would cause the CPI for food to increase by only 0.3 percent.

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Increased labor, packaging and transportation costs all play a role in rising food prices. In 2007, growers expect to plant over 90 million corn acres. This is expected to be the largest crop in over 60 years. And once again, U.S. farmers will meet the challenge of a diversified market: food, exports and energy.

“The ethanol industry has become a convenient scapegoat for corporate America to justify price increases to maintain profits,” said Tom Slunecka, the executive director of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC). “The debate over rising food prices has bordered on the ludicrous; the facts are conveniently omitted from this argument.”

About EPIC:

The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council is a nonprofit organization of ethanol producers and industry leaders who have come together to spread the word about the benefits of ethanol through information and promotional programs. To learn more about the ethanol, visit http://www.drivingethanol.org/

First Call Analyst:

FCMN Contact: jschroeder@epicinfo.org

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Source: Ethanol Promotion and Information Council

CONTACT:  Joanna Schroeder, APR, Director of Communications, EPIC,

+1-636-399-4381, jschroeder@EPICinfo.org; or Tom DiBacco of Broadhead +

+Co, 1-612-617-7951, tdibacco@broadheadco.com, for EPIC

Web site:  http://www.drivingethanol.org/