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Wheat costs rise.

GREENVILLE, R.I. * Manufacturers of altar bread are preparing to face rising costs of wheat flour as grain prices fluctuate in the wake of a severe drought that continues to plague the Midwest and Western Canada. But they expect to pass along only a minimal price increase to their customers.

In Clyde, Mo., Benedictine Sr. Rita Clair Dohn, manager of the altar bread ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, has witnessed a 15 percent increase in the price of wheat flour since the convent last received a delivery two months ago.

The convent is the largest religious producer of altar breads in the United States. The sisters offer their altar breads wholesale to many smaller convents that resell the wafers to support their community.

Dohn said that the sisters will "hold off as long as possible," on passing on to their customers any price increases.

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Title Annotation:US BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 14, 2012
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