ICE CREAM PRICES MAY RISE AS BUTTER PRODUCTION SLIDES

WASHINGTON -- Supermarket ice cream sales this summer may be affected by a national butter shortage.Ice cream prices weren't affected through April, but for the 4-week period ended May 23, 1998, there was a 1.8% decrease in gallon volume in ice cream in supermarkets, as reported by ACNeilsen, said Susan Kjellqvist, market research manager for the International Ice Cream Association here."Decreases

WASHINGTON -- Supermarket ice cream sales this summer may be affected by a national butter shortage.

Ice cream prices weren't affected through April, but for the 4-week period ended May 23, 1998, there was a 1.8% decrease in gallon volume in ice cream in supermarkets, as reported by ACNeilsen, said Susan Kjellqvist, market research manager for the International Ice Cream Association here.

"Decreases are very unusual. We have seen increases, usually, for the ice cream category,

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