While food prices continue to rise, local producers and business owners are trying to keep costs as low as possible.
Michael Schriemer, president at Schriemers Family Farm in Otterburne, says their input costs are increasing and that is having an impact on consumers.
“From a primary producer standpoint, we are seeing tremendous increases in our input costs, whether that comes from cardboard packaging, whether that comes in the form of fertilizer,” Schriemer says. “On our particular operation, we have not seen one cost that has not had an increase in the last six to eight months to a year. And some of those increases have been tremendous, to the tune of 200%.”
He says they do not think this trend is sustainable.
“So, what we've tried to do, to be a responsible producer, is that we've tried to absorb as many costs as we can,” says Schriemer. “Because we know that, like everybody else, people are on budgets. People can only afford so much. And there's not a lot of gain for us, at the end, if people can't afford to buy their food, period.”
Schriemer appreciates the support Manitobans are showing for local businesses, with people choosing to shop for local products, and for local stores to put local products on their shelves.
A number of factors are believed to play a role in the increase including extreme weather, higher input costs, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and supply chain disruptions.
-With files from Shannon Dueck and Glenda-Lee Vossler