Spokane retailers deal with rising grocery prices

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 10:45 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Grocery prices were suddenly skyrocketing all over the country in 2014. Customers and grocery store owners alike were feeling the pinch.

Owner operated stores such as Grocery Outlet, Bargain Giant and La Michoacana Market were fighting to stay alive.

Simon Garcia has served up burritos at his store along Sprague and University in the Spokane Valley for 15 years. He also sold groceries to a loyal group of customers who pack the store for a wide selection of carne asada.

“Too many hours in here, 12 hours a day…14 hours...sometimes a little bit more than that,” said Garcia.

Garcia said he has not raised his prices in three years even with the cost of meat rising.

“It's very difficult but we have to do it, or otherwise we going to lose the customers and I don't want to do that,” said Garcia.

A USA Today study found that the price of bacon skyrocketed up 53%, ground beef and oranges went up 35%, coffee went up 30% and chicken went up 22%.

A food service provider said a shortage in livestock, rising fuel and corn prices contributed to the higher cost in groceries.

Garcia said no matter what his costs were he would keep making great food, work hard and hope his loyal customers would keep coming in.

Here are the top 10 fastest rising grocery items:

1) Bacon
4-year Change: +53%
Current Price: $5.55 per lb.

2) Ground Beef
4-year Change: +35%
Current Price: $4.13 per lb.

3) Oranges
4-year Change: +35%
Current Price: $1.21 per lb.

4) Coffee
4-year Change: +31%
Current Price: $5.00 per lb.

5) Peanut Butter
4-year Change: +30%
Current Price: $2.71 per lb.

6) Margarine
4-year Change: +30%
Current Price: $2.11 per lb.

7) Wine
4-year Change: +25%
Current Price: $10.75 per liter

8) Turkey
4-year Change: +24%
Current Price: $1.73 per lb.

9) Chicken
4-year Change: +22%
Current Price: $1.54 per lb.

10) Grapefruit
4-year Change: +22%
Current Price: $1.02 per lb.
 

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