EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) — New month to month numbers show record breaking prices at grocery stores due to the corona virus pandemic, especially for eggs and meat products.
"This price increase is a direct result of all the disruptions that are going on in the middle stages of the supply food chain...the meat processors and the other food processing industry," said Professor Nallan Suresh, UB Distinguished Professor in the School of Management and Supply Chain Expert.
Wegmans sent an email to customers announcing the increase and explaining the effects of COVID-19 on business. In a statement sent to 7 Eyewitness News, Tops Friendly Markets says its experiencing the same thing.
"This affected the supply and prices of paper products, cleaners, and many other food staples or health-related products at all retailers including Tops...We will continue to work hard every day to best navigate these challenges," said John Persons, President of Tops Friendly Markets.
Suresh says the supply issue combined with people buying in bulk is the reason for this price surge, which is the highest increase in cost since the 1970s, according to the Department of Labor.
"I think this is going to continue for one month more at the minimum," estimated Suresh.
In the meantime, people are flocking to their local farms for affordable, fresh food. Thorpe's Organic Family Farm has seen four times more business recently.
"Don't forget about your farmer, your local producer in your own territory. It's a great break to get out into the country and into the fresh air," said Gayle Thorpe, owner of the farm.
A basket of apples is $3.50/quart and a dozen eggs runs $4.75. They also run a Customer Supported Agriculture program, where you can pick up organic produce weekly for 20 weeks starting in mid-June. You can sign up on their website.
And when you get your groceries, here are some tips to keep them fresh and save your money.