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Groceries are getting more expensive due to labor shortages across industries
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Certain grocery items are getting pricier in the U.S. despite coronavirus vaccine efforts.
While the nation slowly attempts to reopen to pre-pandemic levels, retail experts say there are food and labor shortages that are driving up costs for consumers.
According to Nate Rosier, a senior vice president of the supply chain consulting firm enVista, there are "several reasons" why prices are going up in the current market.
"Currently, labor challenges in several sectors are contributing to higher costs and reduced inventory fill rates. Additionally, labor and transportation challenges contribute to the volatility of transportation assets, making it difficult to reach the reliability of inbound shipments that existed pre-COVID," Rosier tells FOX Business. "The culmination of these factors is leading to higher costs and more unstable inventory in grocery stores across the country."
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The last consumer price index released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics says food staples like fruits and vegetables increased by 1% in the month of March while meat, poultry, fish and eggs went up by 0.7%.
On the opposite end, grocery food items that declined on the index were dairy (-0.5%), nonalcoholic beverages (-0.2%), cereal and baked goods (-0.1%).
When examining the consumer price index in a 12-month period, the BLS noted that the "food at home index" increased by 3.3%.