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Economy: The rising cost of eating
Messenger Post ^ | Posted Nov 03, 2011 @ 09:48 AM | By Scott Pukos, staff writer

Posted on 11/03/2011 8:26:01 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

A surge in food prices this year is impacting local grocery stores and restaurants, which in turn affects the people buying food from these places.

But in many cases, owners of eateries and shopping venues say they have little choice but to raise prices to keep up with costs.

“Oh yeah, prices have gone up like crazy,” said Mike Hetelekides, owner of The Villager Restaurant and Diner in Canandaigua. “We can’t keep up.”

The U.S. Agriculture Department said last week that it expects retail food prices to increase 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent this year, after climbing just 0.8 percent in 2010.

Jo Natale, the director of media relations at Wegmans, said a couple factors have led to the increase.

“Higher commodity costs, higher energy costs and a greater demand for food globally has contributed to driving food costs up,” said Natale. “Cost increases are pretty consistent across the board.”

She said that specific commodity costs that have increased include wheat, corn, soy and anything that feeds on those three foods. Transportation costs are also up, she added, which factors into the pricing.

For restaurants, there are other things to consider, aside from just the price of the food specifically.

Hetelekides said his establishment changed its menus — and prices — just over a year ago, and as a result, hasn’t raised the prices again to keep up with the more recent inflating food costs. That’s mostly because it would cost too much to change the menus, he said.

But with the steady rise in flour, bread, meat and especially coffee prices, he fears they’ll have to change those menus sooner, rather than later.

“There’s nothing else you can do,” he said. “It’s easier for distributors to raise prices, but restaurants have to deal with customers.”

Some customers may still go to their favorite spots even with a slight increase in cost.

“We changed prices (over a year ago) because of the economy, but it didn’t take that much of a toll on our business,” said Helen Hendershot, a waitress at The Villager in Canandaigua. “We still have our regulars.”

Hetelekides said a majority of customers will understand why restaurants need to adjust pricing.

“Most people understand,” he said. “They’ll see the changes for themselves at the supermarket.”

However, some supermarkets — like Wegmans — have taken measures to combat those changes.

“We committed in February to keeping prices of 40 items frozen, and to keep those prizes frozen through 2011,” Natale said referring to “everyday items” like bananas, ground beef, baby-cut carrots and some coffee products. Spread out through different categories, flavors and varieties, this impacted about 200 products, she said.

Natale said she didn’t know where the prices on those products would stand after 2011.

“Beyond that, we do our best to consider prices for customers,” she said. “We check competitors’ prices regularly as well.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bhoeconomy; economy; food; foodcosts; getreadyhereitcomes; greateastdepression; inflation; obamadepression; obamanomics; prepperping; stockupandsave; survivalping
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1 posted on 11/03/2011 8:26:03 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The food chain, from farmers on down to the grocery store/restaurant is quite energy intensive. As oil prices climb, food has to climb with it.

Drill baby drill!


2 posted on 11/03/2011 8:35:13 PM PDT by federal__reserve (Dr. Paul Volcker, the best Chairman of federal Reserve in 50 years.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

More “hope and change” setting in. Fundamental Transformation can be a real biatch when your going from capitalism to communism.


3 posted on 11/03/2011 8:35:20 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

some restaurants give discounts.


4 posted on 11/03/2011 8:36:13 PM PDT by ken21
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To: DeaconBenjamin

From what I hear anything related to corn will see skyrocketing prices after the New Year because of ethanol mandates.


5 posted on 11/03/2011 8:50:24 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Some don’t change the menu, they change the portion sizes.


6 posted on 11/03/2011 8:54:14 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: synbad600

I don’t care. I can afford it. Michael Moore /s


7 posted on 11/03/2011 8:56:15 PM PDT by Loud Mime ("Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: federal__reserve

Couldn’t have anything to do with FSMA signed obamunism in Jan 11 could it?


8 posted on 11/03/2011 8:59:57 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: acapesket
Couldn’t have anything to do with FSMA signed obamunism in Jan 11 could it?

What's the question?

9 posted on 11/03/2011 9:25:06 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Too many people are incapable of critical thinking. Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

For most people considered middle class (low bracket white collar or blue collar), their disposable income has slipped by about 20%. Yet the ones who voted for Obama still support him.


10 posted on 11/03/2011 9:27:41 PM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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11 posted on 11/03/2011 9:27:58 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

oh that crazy Glenn Beck...

of course, how many times does he have to be right before they stop calling him crazy? oh yea, never happen. he’s not a progressive so he must be slammed at every turn

how about we take a page from Reagan’s playbook... not Ron, Nancy... and tell these ass hats in washdc ‘no!’... we won’t continue playing your suicidal socialist games

just say no ... to progressives and progressive ideology


12 posted on 11/03/2011 9:34:05 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Rush yesterday talked about the dramatic increase in peanut butter. Planters (Kraft) going up 40%. Jif (Smuckers) going up 30%. Peter Pan (Con Agra) going up 20%. Don’t know what Skippy is doing.


13 posted on 11/03/2011 9:34:25 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Romney as president will just destroy the country slower than Obama.)
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To: federal__reserve

And less we forget our devalued Dollar...


14 posted on 11/03/2011 9:46:01 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Fledermaus
Don’t know what Skippy is doing.

Probably more campaigning, then a round of golf.
15 posted on 11/03/2011 9:53:05 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Cobra64

Food Safety Modernization Act.

Own stock in Monsanto or Bayer? You will do well.

The rest of us will literally be eating “crap”.


16 posted on 11/03/2011 9:58:23 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: federal__reserve

Two other problems besides oil prices have added to the rise of food prices. The disasters in the Midwest and subsidizing corn to be used as fuel have not helped. We import too much of our food and the dollar is sinking thanks to the commies in power.


17 posted on 11/03/2011 10:02:50 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SpaceBar

Good one.


18 posted on 11/03/2011 10:13:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Romney as president will just destroy the country slower than Obama.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The food prices are OUT OF CONTROL!

If there was a Republican in the White House this would be FRONT PAGE NEWS. Day in and day out we’d be reminded that prices for a loaf of bread, a pound of butter, and pound of coffee have basically doubled in the past year.

Peanut butter is about to go through the roof folks, as the crop has been basically destroyed by the heat wave down south all year.

I feel like the world is on the brink of collapse.


19 posted on 11/03/2011 10:18:22 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

“I feel like the world is on the brink of collapse.”

Keep calm and carry on.


20 posted on 11/03/2011 10:22:37 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I haven’t had coffee for months now it looks like peanut butter is the next to go.


21 posted on 11/03/2011 10:23:08 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (999er for Cain.)
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To: synbad600
Some don’t change the menu, they change the portion sizes.

One candy bar downsized and had the audacity to advertise "Less Fat".

22 posted on 11/03/2011 10:25:30 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (999er for Cain.)
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To: SaraJohnson

Agreed on many points. That stupid deal to use corn for bio-fuel is much bigger fraud than Solyndra. Importing food is OK in some cases such as seasonal fruits & Veggies from S. America where seasons are opposite of ours.


23 posted on 11/03/2011 10:33:28 PM PDT by federal__reserve (Dr. Paul Volcker, the best Chairman of federal Reserve in 50 years.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

noticed at the local supermarket the other day that my customary 20oz loaf of (coughSaraLee errhemm)bread is now a ‘new! convenient 16 oz size!’ - robbed of 6 slices for the same price. Not a happy camper.


24 posted on 11/03/2011 11:13:53 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Cheap beef steaks have gone from $2.89 to $4.29 over the past few months. Rustling looks the wave of the future.
25 posted on 11/03/2011 11:26:49 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Fledermaus

Bought 8 big jars 3 weeks ago. Plan to grow some peanuts next spring.


26 posted on 11/03/2011 11:32:32 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Chicory grows wild in Missouri. I plan to roast the roots and start mixing in with my coffee. I bought 15 cans back when they had a sale of Maxwell house for a little more than $4.00 per jumbo can. Still have 5 months worth on the shelf.

When the gasoline prices went up, the first thing I did was head to the store to purchase as many staples as I could. Lived through the oil shocks of the 70’s, and I knew food would soon become very expensive.


27 posted on 11/03/2011 11:37:21 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Good thing the government removed food and energy from inflation calculations. Otherwise Pres. Obama might lose!


28 posted on 11/03/2011 11:41:13 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Mike Darancette

20 years ago, I used to buy Wendy’s Chili for lunch. Big chunks of hamburger, and it came for a reasonable price. Then they started advertising low fat. You guessed it, very little hamburger.


29 posted on 11/04/2011 4:42:04 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: greeneyes
"Bought 8 big jars 3 weeks ago. Plan to grow some peanuts next spring."

I watched them harvesting peanuts yesterday in a field near my house. When they load the peanuts from the harvester to the trucks, they leave pyramid shaped piles of peanuts when they leave...I'll be getting some of those when they're done. (They said okay last year)

30 posted on 11/04/2011 4:52:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Had a grocery gift card from my employer last Christmas. Just stocked up on rice and peanut butter. If I get one this Christmas, I’ll do the same.

Times ARE tough; I’d usually use it for hard liquor...


31 posted on 11/04/2011 5:13:06 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Print more money, that will fix the problem.


32 posted on 11/04/2011 6:12:32 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SpaceBar

I think he meant Skippy peanut butter.

But gosh, I loved your response. LOL


33 posted on 11/04/2011 6:16:44 AM PDT by dforest
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To: GeronL

Obama and the DNC ruining this country with they’re crap that makes Gore and Obama’s slush fund providers billionaires can go back to hell.


34 posted on 11/04/2011 6:46:23 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I quit coffee three months ago for health reasons but I have a ‘boatload’ stored because I knew damn well rising fuel costs were going to cause the price to skyrocket.

Though I can’t drink it, coffee(along with liquor) will be a great bartering item if the economy really tanks.


35 posted on 11/04/2011 7:08:24 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: greeneyes

I just looked that up.
I think we call those Cornflowers. Have you ever heard of that?


36 posted on 11/04/2011 8:43:37 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom
I have heard of corn flowers, but the pictures I have seen, do no look like the chicory that I am thinking of. This plant has a flower at the end of the stalk, but chicory has small blue flowers along the stem, and is often found up and down the banks at the side of the roads. It is a weed in Missouri, but you can order seeds from some of the catalogs.

I first tasted coffee with chicory when we went to New Orleans, and I liked it very much. It was used during the civil war to stretch the coffee.

Since we have some growing between the road and the house, I thought it would be worth making some of my own, but I haven't finished researching how to yet.

37 posted on 11/04/2011 8:58:19 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
You have given me the education I need! My mom called those flowers by the side of the road, cornflowers. Now looking up cornflowers, I see they are not what are by the side of the road. That's Chicory!!!

These, right?

Thanks!

38 posted on 11/04/2011 9:22:03 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I had been at Wal-Mart last Thursday night, then had to go back on Saturday to pick up a few extra things. I swear that almost everything in the food section had gone up 25-35 cents in 48 hours! Some items had gone up over $1 and I saw a lot of families really analyzing the prices and content of the packages. A year ago most people just grabbed bags of stuff and threw it in their carts, but not now. I think this is going to hit a lot of families hard and if Republicans were smart, they could use this in some ads.
39 posted on 11/04/2011 9:25:23 AM PDT by aegiscg47
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I am the one who purchases the groceries in my house. I don’t know what they include in their basket of food products, but the price of the groceries we buy has gone up far more than 5%. Milk is up 35% from last year at this time. The bread we used to buy is up 42%, so we are now going to a bakery outlet store and buying their cheap wheat bread for .95 cents a loaf instead of the bread we prefer that is now $4.59 per loaf.

Cheap cuts of beef and pork are also up at least 35% and some cuts even more. Sale prices for Thanksgiving turkey’s so far have been 99 cents per pound this year, last year I paid between 23 and 26 cents per pound for all the turkey’s I bought for the holidays.

Last summer I often picked up fresh corn on sale for 6 ears for $1, this summer the best price I saw for corn was 4 for $1 and it wasn’t very often I could even find it at that price. Other veggies and fruits have also shown similar increases.

Many food products also come in smaller packages now, or at least the number of ounces is mpw less than it was previously. Many pasta’s now come in 12 oz. packages instead of 16 oz., mayonaise jars are now 30 ounces instead of 32 ounces, etc., yet they are charging the same or a higher price for them now. No one can tell me that food prices are up only 5% or less!


40 posted on 11/04/2011 9:57:58 AM PDT by Flamenco Lady
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To: netmilsmom

Yeh, that Picture looks like it. Your welcome.


41 posted on 11/04/2011 10:00:24 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I need to stretch my coffee too.

We watched “Great Depression Cooking with Clara” on YouTube. Since then, my girls are looking to nature for salad. Now I can add Chicory to the list of things they should get.


42 posted on 11/04/2011 10:07:21 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom

We have also collected wild blackberries, persimmons, rose hips, butternuts and walnuts. I think it’s really neat. All these years we had this stuff, but never really took advantage of it.

When we started clearing out our vacant lot, to put in a garden, we discovered all this other stuff. Who knew what was hiding in the briar patch? LOL. I think it is great that your girls are taking an interest in this.

You could also add dandelion greens (high in vitamin C) to your list. Actually my husband about 35 years ago read Euell Gibbons books, and went around for several months eating wild plants and flowers. Then he lost interest, but I still have the books somewhere, so I need to try and find them.LOL.


43 posted on 11/04/2011 10:18:58 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: VanShuyten
Good thing the government removed food and energy from inflation calculations.


44 posted on 11/04/2011 10:38:46 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Flamenco Lady

Reducing portion sizes is a common way for manufacturers/producers to hide price increases. However, it still shows in inflation calculations.


45 posted on 11/04/2011 10:40:57 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Yeah, food’s rising. Tell me bout it...shesh....higher than a hawks nest.
I just went to the store this morning ( actually 2 different ones to hit the sales ) and spent way over 100 bucks , used ***a lot*** of coupons and went to put stuff away and I said to myself WTF did I get ?

Good think the hubby dont go because he’d die right there in the isle of total shock. He dont believe me how much food has risen, even in just 6 months to a year.

Good thing for coupons I tell ya. I saved almost 60 bucks today with them. Would have saved even mmore but some of the things I wanted/needed and had coupons for, were out of stock.


46 posted on 11/04/2011 10:41:24 AM PDT by simplesimon (Never kick a cow turd on a hot day ~ Hank Williams Jr on the Glenn Beck radio show 10-12-2011)
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To: greeneyes

You mentioned Dandelion greens. That caught my attention and wanted to let ya know of a “Dandy burger” recipe my friend often fixes in the Spring during our re-enactment events.
I thought they’d be disgusting but I came home that weekend and made some myself. They are delicious and I’m not into that kind of stuff.

You take just the yellow part of the dandelions, mix some chopped onion with it and some flour and a weensy bit of milk to make them “sticky”.
Then you pat them into burger sizes and fry them.
Dip them in ranch dressing or in a mix that my friend makes with sour cream and sweet N sour dressing. OMG mouthwatering.
Oh, and salt and pepper to taste.

You need a GOB of the dandelion heads. You dont want any of the greens in this mix because it’ll make it bitter tasting.
But can save the green leaves for other things.

Gotta try this next spring. I highly recommend it.


47 posted on 11/04/2011 10:46:10 AM PDT by simplesimon (Never kick a cow turd on a hot day ~ Hank Williams Jr on the Glenn Beck radio show 10-12-2011)
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To: Flamenco Lady

You’re lying; TV said there was no inflation, and so it must be true.../s


48 posted on 11/04/2011 10:51:09 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Mike Darancette

“One candy bar downsized and had the audacity to advertise “Less Fat”.”

That’s great; Newspeak for the Khmer Rouge diet.

Obama’s October surprise right before the election: the average American has lost 75 pounds due to his wookie’s crusade, and no Americans smoke anymore because Obama led the way in quitting (officially, that is).


49 posted on 11/04/2011 10:53:40 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Inflation is caused by to many dollars chasing to few goods. Having said that, all of the stimulus is aimed ant unemployment/WIC/food stamps/EBT etc. is free money. It’s value has greatly diminished basically free money for the poor so they are having a field day with it, jacking up the prices and demand.


50 posted on 11/04/2011 10:57:57 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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