With meat prices rising again, grocery chain buys direct from producers

Meat price inflation pushes sales from cattle ranchers into surplus

Meat prices are rising again, and the head meat buyer for Stew Leonard’s Supermarket in New York says the pandemic is to blame. 

Meat prices are rising again, and the head meat buyer for Stew Leonard's Supermarket in New York says the pandemic is to blame. 

"The last three to four weeks, COVID really reared again, and prices are starting to creep up again. They’re about 20 cents to 50 cents higher than they really should be right now, per pound," Mike Derivan says.

RISING INFLATION BRINGS PAIN TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

Texas rancher Ray Law says it’s because of labor shortages, pricier fuel to transport meat, and higher costs to run ranches and farms. 

  (FOX Business / Fox News)

"Feed costs have gone up about 30% in the last two years," Law said.

Now, a New York supermarket owner and cattle rancher in Texas agree there’s a way to cut meat costs by cutting out the middlemen.

DEM STATE'S NEW LAW COULD MAKE DINNER PARTY PRETTY PRICEY

"What we’ve been able to do, is we buy direct from the farm, ranchers and producers," Stew Leonard Jr. said. "The demand is still there. People are still eating."

This method of buying meat helps both the producer and consumer. 

"When COVID really started hitting, my sales at least doubled," Law said.

A nationwide meat shortage is driving up prices for consumers. (istock / iStock)

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE

But it could change the producer-consumer chain long term. On Monday, the Biden administration announced it will pledge $1 billion to help the meat processing industry with labor shortage issues and provide better prices for consumers.

Source: Read Full Article