Local Food Trucks Impacted By Rising Gas Prices

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - The public has been steadily paying more at the pump and after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and prices have only continued to soar sky high. Now local restaurants, food trucks and tourism companies are concerned those rising costs could impact their businesses and the pockets of their customers.

With gas prices now averaging $4.26 for regular and over $5 for diesel, it's no wonder companies that run on gas are feeling the pinch.

Food trucks like Pennypackers, said every wholesaler they work with has needed to jack up prices including their delivery fees because it costs more to run delivery trucks. Those extra costs, the eatery said, trickles down to every single aspect of their service. Owner, Kevin McGuire says the entire business runs on gasoline.

"Our generator which powers our refrigerators, all of our equipment and lights runs on gas. So your generator must ties into the same fuel source that your food truck drives on. So every minute I have a refrigerator running which, you need to keep all the food cold, I'm burning gas," McGuire said.

McGuire said he's hoping the city of Boston and the state can do something to alleviate the pain these businesses are feeling.

It isn't just the food industry eating the cost. Tour companies, like Old Town Trolley said they too are doing what they can to keep customers from paying more. Assistant General Manager Tim Carr said the company is changing some of their budgeting so that customers aren't scared away by an increased ticket price.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

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