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Girl Scout Cookies

January 22, 2012 by staff 

Girl Scout Cookies, When the local neighborhood Girl Scout stops by for her annual cookie sales pitch this year, she’s going to be asking for a bit more money. The price of the scouts’ signature snacks, which went on sale last week, has increased by $0.50, from $3.50 to $4.00.

“Everybody that shops at a grocery store knows that the price of basically everything has gone up,” said Janet Maher, a local troop leader, coordinator and trainer for the Girl Scouts. “The same thing is happening to us.”

Denise Eberspeaker, a spokesperson for the Chesapeake Council, said the scouts haven’t increased their prices in eight years, keeping their prices at $3.50 even while most surrounding councils charged $4.

“We kept the price at $3.50 as long as we could,” Eberspeaker said. “But gasoline prices going up and ingredients going up have made that no longer possible.”

More than 9,000 Girl Scouts in the Chesapeake Council, which includes Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, sell cookies every year. They sell more than a million boxes annually.

Eberspeaker said the scouts wouldn’t be making much more money from the price increase — almost all of it will go to cover increased costs.

The Girl Scouts aren’t the only snack-makers facing this problem.

Earlier this month, Hostess Brands — maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other famous treats — filed for its second bankruptcy in less than three years. Company officials pointed to increased ingredient costs as one reason for the company’s troubles.

Harry Balzer, ananlyst with the NDP Group who follows food and diet trends, said there were additional reasons that Hostess went bankrupt. But he acknowledged that food prices are driving up costs for most snack-makers.

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