Wheat Prices: Costing Local Pizzeria

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- A slice of pizza, may soon cut a little deeper into your pocket book. In fact, everything from bread to bagels may soon cost more all that's to the cost of wheat.

"I can't even look at the invoice anymore," said Jersey Girl's Pizza owner, Emily Weinberg, "We make our own dough. We make a couple batches everyday."

Weinberg says they go through 70 bags of wheat every month. The mix makes over two thousand pizza's a month, that's over 500 pounds of wheat a week. Weinberg's goal to make fresh delicious pizza, but keeping up is becoming more difficult.

"I don't want to do anything differently, we have kept it fresh, and I just want to stick with that," said Weinberg.

According to a report prepared last month for Congress by Randy Schnepf, a specialist in agricultural policy lists several global factors; including gas prices, poorer than expected crops last year, and a strong need for wheat all over the world, and a rise in the number of farmers who grow corn instead of wheat to keep up with the worlds ethanol demands.
In Odessa, Weinberg says keeping up with other rising costs including cheese make it tough.

"Every body is being effected by it," she said, "We do have to absorb the cost or most recently we changed our menu and we have had to raise our prices because we weren't able to make as much as we needed to make."