Surge in flour prices sows seeds of purchasing panic

Surge in flour prices sows seeds of purchasing panic

Over nearly two decades, Dave Ostrander has helped pizzeria clients weather the storms of cheese price hikes, labor shortages and recessions. But given the triple whammy of hikes in dairy, labor and, now, flour, Ostrander, an Oscoda, Mich.-based consultant and former pizzeria owner, expects a lot of pizza businesses to be wiped out.

Flour costs have at least tripled for most as depleted wheat supplies pushed the price of that commodity five times higher this February than last.

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