Food Prices to Keep Going Up, as Costs Surge

Some of the nation’s biggest food suppliers and restaurants, including Kraft Heinz Co. and some McDonald’s Corp. franchisees, said they would continue to raise prices as they face starkly higher costs. Kraft Heinz notified retailer customers this past Monday that it would raise prices in August on items ranging from Miracle Whip and Classico pasta sauce to Maxwell House coffee products and some deli meat.

Some of the nation’s biggest food suppliers and restaurants, including Kraft Heinz Co. and some McDonald’s Corp. franchisees, said they would continue to raise prices as they face starkly higher costs.

Kraft Heinz notified retailer customers this past Monday that it would raise prices in August on items ranging from Miracle Whip and Classico pasta sauce to Maxwell House coffee products and some deli meat. …

From farmers and factories to grocery stores and restaurants, many executives say they are experiencing jaw-dropping cost increases for labor, packaging, ingredients and transportation. The rise of fuel prices is making it more expensive to produce and sell food. Food retailers and restaurants have said they are passing along some wholesale price increases and additional costs to consumers.

The Labor Department on Friday said grocery prices rose 11.9% in May over the past year, and prices increased 7.4% at restaurants and other food venues outside the home in the period. For both, it marks the biggest jump in over four decades.

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