Why are grocery prices on the rise in Nebraska?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, food prices are up in the Midwest by 2.1 percent since April of 2020.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Grocery prices in Nebraska are on the rise and shoppers are taking notice.
“I do definitely see the prices are going up,” Superior resident John Albrecht said. “Especially milk, eggs, produce. Anything fresh is really getting higher.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, food prices are up in the Midwest by 2.1 percent since April of 2020. Fruit and vegetable prices are up by almost 5% since that time.
“What’s happening in Nebraska is the same thing that’s happening everywhere,” says Ansley Fellers, the executive director of the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association. “Increased commodity prices, because of a lot of different things like weather, increased consumer demand, because places are opening up. People are getting vaccinated, they’re getting out. Demand is everywhere and that includes grocery stores.”
The increase in grocery prices is forcing consumers to make tough decisions at the checkout line.
“Well, you have to budget your money,” Albrecht said. “When you spend things, you just have to be a little more careful what you buy and you have to go places where it’s on sale or where the prices are lower. You just have to be very aware of the prices.”
Fellers says local grocers are doing the best they can to keep prices low.
“Grocery stores run on really thin margins, thinner than most industries,” she said. “They are doing the best they can to keep things affordable for everybody and serve their communities just like they’ve done.