|Beef, pork, bacon bring sticker shock|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
Before you polish up the barbecue tongs for the grilling season, brace yourself: Beef prices are at all-time highs, and still rising, and pork prices are climbing too.
“Everything is high now,” said Richard Vanguilder of Richfield, Minn., echoing the sentiments of many grocery shoppers. “Beef is sky-high. Bacon is getting ridiculous.’’
The price spikes are rooted in a shrinking supply of beef and pork. The U.S. cattle herd is the smallest in decades, a problem anchored in drought. Meanwhile, a virus is sweeping the hog industry, killing piglets at an alarming rate.
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