Food prices going up

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Checking out at the grocery store could lighten your wallet much more quickly these days.

"Only thing I know, when I go to the store, everything is higher next time," said shopper, Allen Mann.

At Tom Leonard's in Henrico, prices have been creeping upwards for some time. For example, cucumbers here at Tom Leonard are usually 2 for 99 cents, now they're just 99 cents each. Plus, peppers imported from Holland have doubled their prices since last year.

Tom Leonard, himself, notices the hardship on customers.

"I'm telling you, people are walking in going, now we're getting hit with this," Leonard said.

But he has no choice.

"It's costing a lot more to get the product and it's costing us a lot more to get it delivered to the store," said Leonard.

He pays up to 15 percent more, these days, to run a delivery truck from California to Virginia. And that's simply due to rising fuel costs.

And thanks to the recent crop freeze in Mexico and California, ground crops like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, and celery have all gone up – some, almost double in price.

Meat prices have also gone up, thanks to the rising cost of feed for cattle.

"Meat prices are going up, and we're working hard to keep them low," said Leonard.

But what goes up, Leonard says, will come down once fuel prices drop.

"I can tell you about the produce prices, they'll come down as soon as the prices go down we go down," he said.

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