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Shoppers paying more for July Fourth foods

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Melvin Newton just has a few last minute items on his list.   They include ribs, greens, and baked macaroni and cheese...all traditional foods his family eats for the July Fourth holiday.

"I cook and then I take them to the fireworks," says Newton.

The father of three and other Seaway Marketplace shoppers have noticed the prices on certain items are up.  It's not their imagination.

"The increase comes from our suppliers only because there's so much demand," says Seaway manager, Steven Tracy.  "So the suppliers raise their prices, and we have to raise ours."

According to the Rabobank BBQ Index, a number of cookout costs have increased over this time five years ago.   Cheese and ice cream prices have both jumped 15 percent.   Enjoy a cold brew?  Those prices are up 10 percent since 2009.   Chicken prices have remained fairly flat, but beef has climbed a whopping 71 percent.

"I used to get the rolls of hamburger meat for maybe ten bucks," says one shopper, Lena Bean.  "Now they're like $12 or $13 and that's within a couple months time."

Not everything on the cookout list has gone up.  The price for those hamburger or hot dog buns is flat compared to last year, and down one percent from the same period five years ago.  Chip and pop prices are also down as more people reach for healthier snacks and more fruits and vegetable.

Seaway managers report long lines for the holiday weekend, despite the small bump at the register.

"It's nice to be an independent grocer because we can buy at the last minute, where they big chain stores have to plan theirs ahead where we can buy some of ours at the last minute and save some prices there," says Tracy.

Shoppers say some cut backs are necessary to stay in budget.  But it's small price to pay to keep their traditions alive for the Fourth of July.
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