Shoppers see sharp rise in food prices at grocery stores in April

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA/WGMB)— Shoppers are seeing sticker shock at the grocery store as prices have jumped by more than 2.6% since April.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that fruits and vegetables are up 1.5%, and eggs are up 16%. The biggest jump in nearly 50 years.

One local shopper says she’s noticed the increase.

“It is more expensive that it has been. I haven’t been to the store in a few days but when I came back to the store all the prices have changed,” says shopper Irma Glover.

The cost increase is attributed to various factors including new safety protocols and supply chain issues during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We lost 10% of the fluid milk demand because restaurants have shut down. Schools
are closed and if you look at crawfish here in Louisiana-80% of the market was the restaurant market. We’re shifting from institutions to shopping markets and seafood markets and home consumption,” said Commissioner Mike Strain with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.

This jump in food prices comes as millions lose their jobs and are struggling to pay bills.

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