Why are fruits and veggies so expensive in the US?

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  1. The Gooch

    The Gooch White Belt

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    I worked here in Southern California at a grocery store for over 7 years. I skimmed the posts and was looking for the reasons I believe inflate prices on produce. I might have missed someone saying these and my apologies if they have.

    The first thing I noticed is the amount of "shrink". This is a term used in the industry to describe food/items that have been damaged or are not cosmetically appealing (everyone avoids the dented cans of chili e.g.). This makes the slightest imperfection on any fruit or veggie a reason to throw it away. In recent years, they've tried to mitigate this by using much of this produce in prepped and packaged items. This, in conjunction with the man power it takes to bring ugly produce all the way to the store just to be thrown away, makes for an expensive adjustment in price to the pristine produce that is bought.

    Another thing is that most grocery stores are union. The cost of labor that makes the wages they do come at a cost. I'm not advocating for or against unions, just stating a fact that higher wages raises prices overall. This isn't nearly what it was 20+ years ago due to all of the competition from Walmart, Target, Costco, etc. all trying to get in on the grocery business and not being union.

    These, in addition to many other factors, inflate prices past what some might expect.
     
  2. Foppa21

    Foppa21 Black Belt

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    It's the same everywhere, not just the US.

    I remember one day years ago when it all dawned on me. I went to the supermarket next door to work to get some lunch. I figured "I'm not super hungry, 2 bananas and maybe a apple will get me through". I grabbed it and it came to like $4.... 2 packets of instant ramen for 50cents ended up being the lunch du jour
     
  3. Renard

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    Was it a gas station or something? Bananas are 25 cents, apple is 75 cents.
     
  4. Foppa21

    Foppa21 Black Belt

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    It was a supermarket. Sorry, I neglected to say, it ain't in America. It's NZD so the exchange rate is probably about .6 or so
     
  5. NoSmilez

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    It's because you buy fruits at the yt pipo store. All the fruits or veggies are all pretty and they get sprayed with water sprinklers. If you go to the ethnic grocery store, you might have to search through the pile for something that isn't bruised much but the price is cheaper. Meat is expensive as hell, 93 percent ground beef is like 6 bucks a lb? At the ethnic mart, I am not sure the percentage but I can get them to grind the cut of meat I want for like 4 bucks?
     
  6. An Uncertain Choice

    An Uncertain Choice Orange Belt

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    with prices like that i am surprised more people havent adopted the dahmer diet
     
  7. superpunch

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    I went to Korea last year and the meat and produce were a lot more expensive. It was worth it though. The chickens were like 1/3 the size of chickens you buy in America. That made me realize that we're eating mutant chickens. It was pretty eye opening.
     
  8. rearnakedchoke

    rearnakedchoke Suck it!

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    To keep the poor unhealthy and reliant on medical attention. Thats also why there are liquor stores all over the poor neighborhoods. One day they will revolt and gas in the first round. US govt by second round submission due to terror.
     

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