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Cameron Mitchell operates 60 restaurants in more than a dozen states. Rising expenses have forced him to increase menu prices three times this year.

Inflation is red hot, soaring to 6.8% in November, the highest in nearly four decades

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Updated December 10, 2021 at 9:09 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — If you think your grocery bill has gone through the roof this year, you can appreciate what’s happened to Cameron Mitchell. Mitchell’s shopping for about 60 restaurants he runs in cities across the country — from high-end steakhouses to Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro… Read More

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How inflation, climate change and energy costs are pushing up food prices

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — In the US, inflation is now above six percent, and globally, food prices are at their highest since 2011. Climate change, energy demands and inflation are causing shortages and driving up costs in some of the poorest nations. Wall Street Journal reporter Samantha Pearson joins NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan from Sao Paulo,… Read More

Gasoline prices are seen on Nov. 17 in Miami Beach, Fla.

The White House is tapping oil reserves to try to bring down high gas prices

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Updated November 23, 2021 at 3:35 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The United States plans to draw 50 million barrels of oil from its emergency oil reserves in coming months, a widely anticipated step aimed at trying to take the edge off high gas prices that have been hurting consumers at the pump —… Read More

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Expect to pay more this year to stage your Thanksgiving feast

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Get ready to add another stressor to your Thanksgiving holiday this year. The Farm Bureau reports that the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is up 14% over last year, averaging at $53.31. The Farm Bureau’s calculations include turkey, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a… Read More

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Ohio restaurant owners say they need government help with operating expenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just over half of Ohio’s restaurants are telling their main lobbying group they don’t think they’ll be able to break even this year. They said business has not fully rebounded to the levels they experienced prior to the pandemic and they are unsure when that might happen. The federal… Read More