Inflation Impacts 4th Of July BBQ Costs

Meat cooking on open barbecue grill

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WELLESLEY (WBZNewsRadio) - With the price of meat, the average 4th of July barbeque will cost 17% more this year, according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

At Fells Market in Wellesley, shoppers are feeling those higher prices as they stock up on burger patties and dogs.

"We held off as long as we could but prices keep going up, which affects the little guy," co-owner Peter Katsikaris told WBZ's Chris Fama.

Ground beef prices are up 36 percent from last year. Chicken is up nearly a third from the same time a year ago.

Katsikaris said Fells Market tries to keep prices competitive where they can, but they don't have much room for flexibility.

"All our suppliers are charging us $20 delivery fees, which we never paid before. Everyone is in the same boat," he said.

Katsikaris says he's thankful for the small business' loyal customers in tough times like this.

"I think most people understand."

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