Food prices across the country are expected to skyrocket this year, including meats and we’re already seeing the effects.
A report from Dalhousie University had meat increasing 11% from this time last year, in the first half of 2017.
For local butcher Ben Klassen of Homesteader Meats, he says its due to low inventories and the demand for certain cuts of steak.
He does say it makes the farmers happy that prices are increasing, as there’s more demand for cattle.
Meanwhile, for Fallon Moreland of White Goose Bistro, she says a surcharge was added to their salads.
“You don’t want to make people angry.” said Moreland.
“There was a large increase in lettuce a few months ago, so there was a huge jump, we did have to put a $2.00 surplus on it, because it’s really costing us money for you to have a salad here.”
The price of vegetables according to the Canada Food Price Report over the first 6 months of 2017 say vegetables increased 8% and fruits by 9%.