Salad prices are skyrocketing
A deep freeze in the areas that supply 90% of the nation's winter lettuce is sending vegetable prices soaring. A crate of romaine is topping $35.
Farms are selling crates of lettuce at sky-high prices, Bloomberg reports. Two counties in the country produce 90% of the lettuce supply in the winter months, and when farms there hike prices, just about all parts of the U.S. feel the impact.
Now, a crate of iceberg lettuce containing 24 heads is selling for about $27. That's up from the $6 range just one month earlier. A crate of 24 romaine heads is even more expensive, soaring to $33 to $36 at the end of last month from about $7 a month earlier, reports The Packer.
Farmers say that the lettuce pipeline is empty, with nothing on the shelves in warehouses. The region saw as many as 14 straight days of frost in the early morning. "The crop is pretty beat up and the industry is dealing with down yields," a manager at a lettuce grower told The Packer.
The price increase is putting restaurants in a bind. One restaurant chef in Syracuse, N.Y., told CNYcentral that the price of asparagus has more than doubled. "Because we have that on our menu, it's not like we can just re-print all our menus and stop serving it," he added. "We can't charge $16 for a salad, it's unreal."
Some grocery stores have posted signs warning shoppers about higher prices for lettuce and other vegetables. Consumers have plenty to say on social media about what they're experiencing. "I'd be way more tempted to eat healthy if a salad wasn't 10 times the price of a burger," lamented one Twitter user. "Lettuce prices are ridiculous here," said another.
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35 bucks for a crate of Romaine? Try 40 bucks for something halfway good.
All things considering the prices for greens are extremely cheap in the US. It's almost humorous when you hear people say they can't afford greens and go out and by beef, pork and poultry. Take a look at the price you pay for a bi-pass surgery, heart disease, diabetes and all the complications that go with them. We can’t afford to not eat well!
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Alot of salads that go to restaurant are made in a building.
In any case its still just a salad, it is overpriced in the first place anyways.
at $40/ carton- adding freight to deliver- lettuce would cost $1.91 per head to the distributor-
Today the lettuce market is less than $20 ($1.08 per head)
Romaine remains higher $35/ carton ($1.75 per head).
These crops have no governments subsidies and at $6/ per carton the grower is selling below cost.
Most product sold to restaurants is fixed price- Romaine high price was $1.75 per pound- normal is $1.25. Lettuce is $0.70 normal and $0.80 high price.
Fresh produce is the truest form of supply and demand since the inventories cannot be stock-piled for any length of time.
Just the facts
Isn't that why we have seen more and more advertizing for produce from CHILE.....they've increased 10xs in recent weeks letting us know that they are in their summer months. Oh, right....not supposed to buy it cuz it isn't from a US farmer.
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