Friday, November 02, 2007

Latest Victim of Ethanol: Kraft Foods

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services yesterday warned it may lower its credit ratings on food maker Kraft Foods Inc. after the company's third-quarter profit sank 20 percent, partly due to high dairy costs.

S&P noted that the company's margins will likely remained pressured through the fourth quarter and into 2008 by higher commodity costs, particularly for dairy. Dairy costs have skyrocketed due to international demand for milk and higher animal feed costs. Animal feed is made from corn, which has risen to record levels due to demand for the alternative fuel ethanol. Corn is also used to make the fuel.

(HT: Ray Wallace)

2 Comments:

At 11/02/2007 2:34 PM, Anonymous holymoly said...

Obesity crisis solved! Ethanol is awesome!!!

 
At 1/07/2008 8:33 PM, Anonymous sparks said...

Actually higher dairy costs were initiated a decade ago when federal paychecks for milk and cheese were ended. (price supports)
Farmers sold off the cow herds or traded them for a much easier life
in the row crop world. Most dairy farmers were in their late sixties
anyway, as was my own father,
who would take our that demanding thankless job?

 

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