Last Saturday I was dispatched to the local big-box retailer to acquire additional storage containers for the 1,000 dozen Christmas cookies my wife and her friend were baking. While standing in the express lane, I noticed that the woman in front of me was charged $1.50 for a 20-ounce bottle of soda. I don’t buy 20-oz bottles too often anymore, but I could have sworn that I was paying around a buck or maybe $1.20 per bottle no more than a year ago.
Considering that the main ingredient in most sugared sodas (other than water) is high-fructose corn syrup (i.e. one of the most heavily-subsidized food products in the country), this seems like an unusual spike in prices. Perhaps another area ethanol production is starting to impact?
I keep trying to break my soda habit, but I have got a bad case of addiction to refined sugar. I quit and then fall off the wagon several weeks or months later. I’m not helped by the fact that my company subsidizes the soda machines at work, so I can get a fix for a quarter. Breaking my sugar addiction will be one of the things I’ll put on my new years’ resolution list….