Record drought causes food prices to rise in central Wisconsin
Hot, dry weather is destroying crops across the country, and
that's going to hit consumers where it hurts.
"Cereal prices are going to go up from what I've been
hearing," said Aaron Hoffman, Assistant Store Manager at Drew's Piggly Wiggly. "Other products will be going up that use
wheat, corn because of course of the drought. Nothing is growing decent."
Hoffman says he's already been forced to raise prices, and
if the drought continues, things will get worse.
"Probably late fall, early winter I'd say you will see
the prices start climbing."
That means you'll be paying more at the check out line. But
grocery stores aren't the only one's feeling the heat.
Doug smith owns three KFC restaurants. Smith says feed
prices are on the rise, meaning he will have to pay more for his chicken.
"we do as a corporation play the futures market so it's
a delayed reaction," said Smith. "It takes the spikes out of it, but it will
come and then it puts us in a predicament."
Unlike Hoffman, Smith says he can't raise his prices. So he
may be forced to cut employee hours to make up the difference.
"It's a snowball effect to the negative," said Smith. "It's
not just the food costs; it's the labor side too."
A lot is riding on Mother Nature, and these next few weeks
will be critical for summer crops.