Some grocery stores increase prices due to additional shipping costs
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Nebraska grocers say several products, including meats, are alarmingly priced. Some are higher than they have been for several years.
One of the main reasons is transportation costs.
Local grocery stores, including Suji’s Indian Grocery, are already seeing a 5-20% price increase on some products.
Owner Mahak Singh said, “The produce goes up and down every week. Beans and rice, they [the wholesalers] increase from February until each time you order this.
Singh said he is also paying for the transportation of the produce, which has increased by an additional 15 to 20 percent. But the owner refuses to raise his prices as he said he planned and bought some of his items wholesale in February.
“I bought them at a reasonable price before they increased the price,” Singh said. “So I had all the supplies all year round. “
While Suji may not be raising prices, the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association said other stores in Nebraska have no choice.
Executive Director Ansley Fellers said: “The grocery stores and the food industry operate on very tight margins, so there is little time for people to be able to absorb some of these price increases before consumers are starting to feel it. “
Fellers said that is why some cuts of meat, including chicken breasts and wings, are in very limited supply. The grocery store association said the problem behind this is that the demand for these products is very high.
“I think once the supply catches up with the demand, everything will even go down,” Fellers said.
Grocery store officials have said that the prices of some products are alarming because they have been the highest for a long time.
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