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Grocery, Seafood Prices Rising Thanks to Weather
The nasty weather we've had this winter has caused its fair share of problems, from dangerous road conditions to frostbite and high electric bills. But now, it's affecting your food.
Not only has the price of some of your grocery items risen, but you may not even find a few of them on the shelves thanks to these cold weather storms we've seen this winter all over the U.S.
"The weather, ultimately, comes back to be the main culprit for a lot of this," said Robert Seafood Market's General Manager Brian Aiello.
Bare shelves are driving the prices up for some hard to get items at the grocery store.
"All the way from the delivery process and, again, to the transportation, obviously, and then just the ultimate end-user getting out to the stores," said Aiello.
Specialty stores, like Robert's Seafood Market, says they're having issues getting some of their product in store.
"The species availability that we've had is very limited from certain regions right now because of the frozen weather," said Aiello.
The Great Lakes provide many different types of fish to our area.
"Like the Lake Superior White Fish, the Walleye, Canadian Walleye, and then also Lake Trout," said Aiello.
But that's not the only region they've had problems with. The winter storms have impacted nearly every area of the U.S.
"The east coast, for example, the weather's disrupted where we get a lot of our sea scallops, specifically, that's been a big issue this year. The ships can't get out," said Aiello.
"And when there's little to go around, demand goes up, and with it, the price," said Aiello. "Some of that thanks to the price to transport the food, which has also skyrocketed."
"A lot of our stuff shuttles in from Chicago, so actually the transportation from Chicago to central Illinois has been the bigger issue for us. Trucks not starting in the Chicago area, getting down and obviously the snow," said Aiello.
But seafood is certainly not the only item grocers have had to hike prices up for.
"Prices overall have crept up a little bit," said Aiello.
The main culprit, though, is still beef.
"Beef is at an all-time high right now. Seafood's been fairly stable, but this last 30-40 days has kind of taken a little bit of an impact," said Aiello.
We also checked in with Humphrey's Market here in Springfield. They agree prices have gone up for some items, especially beef and cheese, due to the severe weather in Nebraska and surrounding areas.
Owners at Humphrey's Market also said that soon, we will have more problems, as the southern part of the country was hit with bad winter weather as well. You'll see a rise in price for peaches, oranges, and other crops that typically come from the Florida-Georgia area.