Beer and Pizza Getting Pricey

Rising fuel and ingredient costs affect traditional cheap eats

By Erin Mendell,  Newser User

Posted Mar 1, 2008 3:58 PM CST

(Newser) – Even cheap foods like pizza and bagels are getting pricey these days over a mix of inflationary pressures, MSNBC reports. Last year's shocking 4% food price hike was driven by more than gas prices, one analyst says: It's diesel that fuels the trucks and trains that transport goods. "It's everything that gets shipped," he said—which makes diesel costs "much scarier" than the cost of gas.

Other factors weigh in too: Flour for pizza dough has more than tripled to $25 a bushel, and wheat shortages are driving up bagel costs. Ingredients for beer and hot dogs are also more expensive. "There are no simple solutions," one food industry consultant said. "The trend will be to reduce product costs, and some of that may very well affect quality.”

Mary Hellers carries bread sticks to the oven at Buddy's Pizza Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, in Detroit. Most pizza makers, large and small, in the $30 billion-plus industry are feeling the heat as they figure...   (Associated Press)
Ron DiSaverio, owner of three Denver-area Quizno's sandwich franchises in Denver, is shown at one of his shops on Saturday, July 7, 2007. DiSaverio says Quizno's is moving in the right direction as...   (Associated Press)
Mugs of beer are served at the Thrush Tavern in Montpelier, Vt., in this June 29, 2004 file photo. The price of hops has soared tenfold since September, making beer among the "recession-proof" foods that...   (Associated Press)
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