Here’s why Asheville, WNC food costs continue to rise ahead of Thanksgiving

Asheville shoppers may continue seeing higher price tags on groceries as they stock up ahead of Thanksgiving Day and into the holiday season.

The cost of food increased by 4.6% between September 2020 and September 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest report shows that food has increased by 5.3% from October 2020 to October 2021.

Higher demand, supply chain issues, weather-related problems and higher labor costs are some of the factors contributing to the higher cost of food.

This could mean higher totals at the register as prices for traditional grocery items have risen when they are usually lower this time of the year.

Scott Franks, left, delivers eggs from Dry Ridge Farm as Treffen Ruffner transfers them to the refrigerator at Mother Earth Foods November 9, 2021.

Scott Franks, left, delivers eggs from Dry Ridge Farm as Treffen Ruffner transfers them to the refrigerator at Mother Earth Foods November 9, 2021.

“Thanksgiving is one of the largest food holidays of the year and

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