With supply chains stretched, grocery prices keep going up across the US


Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

via Finger Lakes Times - Oct 5, 2021


If you've ever thought about becoming a vegetarian, now might be the perfect time.


Food prices at the grocery store have shot up across the board during the pandemic as demand has surged, and labor shortages and other disruptions have added costs at nearly every stage of the food supply chain.


Prices for meats and fish have led the way so far this year, with pork prices rising the most at an average of 5.4%. Fresh vegetables rose the least of any category, up an average of 0.5%, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


For all of 2021, food-at-home prices are expected to jump between 2.5% and 3.5%, according to the USDA. That's on top of a 3.5% increase last year, which was the biggest bounce since 2011. (Prices actually fell in 2016 and 2017)...


... Prices for meats, poultry and fish are projected to climb between 4% and 5% this year, with pork prices up between 6% and 7% and beef and veal up 5% to 6% as producers contend with higher feed costs, increased demand and an unreliable supply chain...