Americans in Washington, DC and Texas told Fox News how they are coping with soaring grocery store prices, with some concerned about the rise.
“I was really shocked by the soda prices today, the fact that they’ve gone up significantly,” Kim, an Austin resident, told Fox News.
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Devontae, from Washington, DC, said he’s only recently noticed an increase in food prices.
“I just went grocery shopping for the month,” he told Fox News. “And the last time I went grocery shopping for the month, I didn’t really notice the price increase.”
“But this time I did it,” Devontae continued. “And that’s probably because things haven’t gone up just a few cents or a dollar. It’s like they went up $2.3.”
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Inflation and shortages of some foods have pushed up the prices of basic commodities in recent months. The price of eggs, for example, rose 60% year-on-year in December after an outbreak of avian flu affected around 60 million birds nationwide last year, Fox News reported.
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Food prices in America rose 10.4% year over year in December, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The same data showed that headline inflation rose 6.5% yoy in December.
“I think everything’s pretty high right now,” Washington, DC resident Kevin told Fox News. “Eating out and shopping are almost equally expensive.”
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Kim said she was concerned at the prospect of supermarket prices continuing to rise.
“Proteins and other types of foods are definitely an issue,” the mother of three told Fox News.
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Jon Michael Raasch reported from Washington, DC and Gabrielle Reyes from Austin, Texas.