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Packaged Food Companies Feel Penny Pinch

Food costs more than it did this time last year, and the effects are hitting the consumer.

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General Mills and ConAgra Foods reported losses due to rising food costs in the second quarter.

Packaged food companies are feeling the pinch as the rising price of raw ingredients is causing an increase in food prices.

Despite steadily declining food prices, costs of raw ingredients are higher than two years ago, increasing the cost of living worldwide.

ConAgra Foods and General Mills reported a hit in profits as the price of raw ingredients, packaging and fuel continue to rise. This has lead them to increase the cost of packaged food to offset the loss of profits.

Consumers are feeling the hit — high unemployment and a reported 5.9 percent increase in grocery prices from a year ago make for a struggle.

Read More:

  • US food groups struggle with costs (Financial Times)
  • ConAgra net income falls in 2nd quarter on higher costs, results beat Wall St. forecast (Washington Post)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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