Winter weather has impacted the price of tomatoes.
by Ed Neuhaus
Recent weather swings have made it harder for supermarkets business to stock up on products. Weather conditions, including freezes in California and Florida, have driven the price of vegetables way up.
"A typical box of lettuce when it's in season, no problems, is probably somewhere between $12 and $17," said Gary Price, a partner for Senn Brothers produce in Columbia. "Right now it's going off of $47 a case."
Price says that the increasing prices of vegetables have limited the amount of food he is able to buy. His store room is normally full. Now, parts of it aren't stocked anymore.
The Vista's Garden Bistro owner Jeremy Letton says that the rising food costs have hit his business as well.
"One of the biggest challenges we have every day is cutting costs," Letton said. "A lot of times absorbing cost on one item, such as tomatoes or romaine lettuce, but cutting costs in other areas."
Letton says he has avoided raising prices, but has had to cut costs in other areas in order to maintain his bottom line.