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Customers wait to place their orders at Sanagan’s Meat Locker in Toronto. Many meat prices have seen double-digit gains over the past year.
Customers wait to place their orders at Sanagan’s Meat Locker in Toronto. Many meat prices have seen double-digit gains over the past year.
(Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)

Brian Milner

Relax, meat won't be butchering your grocery bill forever

Soaring meat costs are supplying plenty of fodder for headline writers just as we cast off the last traces of a nasty winter and head straight into prime barbecue season.

What better time to raise prices? Mix pent-up consumer demand with well-publicized shortages of beef and pork, stir in legitimate worries about a piglet-ravaging virus, and you have the ideal recipe for a string of increases from farm gate to table.