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Drought leads restaurants to
raise prices, cut portions

Los Angeles Times, by Tiffany Hsu

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Posted By:JoniTx, 10/14/2012 7:39:37 AM

Smokin' Jonny's BBQ opened less than a year ago, but pricey corn on the cob has already disappeared from the menu. Rising beef prices are causing owner Jon Sekiguchi headaches as well. His Gardena restaurant sells beef ribs only on the weekends, when customers are more willing to splurge. And he's struggling to find affordable beef sausage for his $6.95 smoked sausage sandwich. Scorching weather this summer in the Midwest left crops parched and livestock famished. Restaurants, already struggling with high fuel costs and a sluggish economy, are starting to feel the pinch of higher food costs.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 10/14/2012 8:04:06 AM     (No. 8931784)

It is more likely that it's the lack of customers that causes the price increases.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/14/2012 8:18:12 AM     (No. 8931821)

Drought may be only one of many reasons, how about gas up over 100% since the Regime took over.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 10/14/2012 8:21:26 AM     (No. 8931827)

Obama green energy policies--including the ethanol sham--are driving up costs for real Americans. Yet the media is silent.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read, 10/14/2012 8:21:48 AM     (No. 8931829)

The price of food keeps on going up and up and up. Ditto the price of gas. If there was a republican in charge, we'd have 24/7 screaming in the press about this.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 10/14/2012 8:42:30 AM     (No. 8931882)

California, once a food basket for the world.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: treecat, 10/14/2012 8:43:07 AM     (No. 8931884)

The corn 'squeezings', for gasoline additives are being 'Exported'

Ethanol at 15% going to the EU....to be sold by ?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: whiskey, 10/14/2012 9:17:32 AM     (No. 8931948)

Feed costs are OVER TWICE as much as last year!

The Protien part of your menu is going to cost more.

Deal with it.

I suggest that the most important step you can take is how you vote on Nov 6. Not just the top of the ballot, but all the way down.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: country boy, 10/14/2012 9:23:56 AM     (No. 8931959)

It's the U.S. Dept of Anti-Energy that is causing food to go up.

Price of nitrogen-based fertilizer has double in several years. Diesel same thing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Catherine, 10/14/2012 9:25:07 AM     (No. 8931961)

I started noticing the first of this year prices going up and quantity in each can or bag less and less. Seen a container of peanut butter lately? It's shrunk while the price has gone up. And has anyone else noticed toilet paper? Yes, tp. The rolls have been cut by maybe 1/3. You might still get 1000 sheets but the sheets are now narrower than they were. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg, too.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kar120c, 10/14/2012 9:30:55 AM     (No. 8931970)

It's Bush's fault.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: coldoc, 10/14/2012 11:29:09 AM     (No. 8932208)

With all the price increases, it's comforting to know that the cpi as published by our government shows there is no inflation.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 10/14/2012 12:41:28 PM     (No. 8932319)

Reminds me of the lady who was asked how she liked the new restaurant in town. She said she didn't care for it because the food was terrible and the portions were too small.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: franq, 10/14/2012 1:13:54 PM     (No. 8932392)

In my early marriage years, I thought the price of cereal was high, so coined the phrase "buck-a-box" when shopping for it. I have recently changed it to "buck-a-bowl"...

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