P.E.I. restaurants, customers adjusting to rising costs

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A espresso store in Charlottetown is attempting its finest to maintain its costs the identical regardless of rising prices.

The Shed has had no points sourcing its ready-to-drink merchandise and occasional beans from throughout Canada and the U.S. since opening its doorways in July final yr.

However in January, proprietor Hai Nguyen was notified by her distributors about a rise between 10 and 15 per cent in delivery charges — the identical month Canada’s inflation fee hit a 30-year excessive at 5.1 per cent.

“Now I want to seek out extra native, extra Atlantic distributors so then it might cut back the price,” she mentioned.

The Shed has sourced its unroasted espresso beans from throughout Canada and the U.S., however will now seek for native distributors to save lots of on delivery prices. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

Provide chain points as a consequence of COVID-19 and rising transportation and gas costs are a part of the issue.

Nguyen refuses to go the additional cost on to her prospects, main her to check some made-in-P.E.I. merchandise at her store to see if they will substitute dearer shipped gadgets.

“As a result of it can value you much less … when it comes to working value, then I am proud to make use of our native product right here,” she mentioned.

‘Costs are going loopy’

CBC Information spoke to a number of prospects at Maid Marian’s Diner in Charlottetown in regards to the change in value they’re seeing on the menu.

Managers of Maid Marians say they’ve needed to elevate costs a number of instances since COVID started, together with a giant improve simply final month.

Their day by day specials at the moment are $13.50, up a buck and a half from a month in the past.

Beth Whittaker mentioned she understood the rise.

“I’ve observed within the shops too, various things, costs are going loopy,” she mentioned.

Bob Tait mentioned he hasn’t been consuming out a lot.

“Possibly as soon as every week or one thing. However if you’d like a meal, you must pay for it.”

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