Inflation up 7%, how a Mount Pocono butcher feels about beefing up prices

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POCONO TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In December, U.S. prices jumped by 7%, the highest inflation rate since 1982.

Management with Corona Butcher says the price to feed a family of four has gone up around $40 and they’re doing everything they can to keep their customers happy.

“The prices. The prices have just gone through the roof,” said Jimmy Azzaro, manager at Corona Butter.

Last month U.S. Consumer prices jumped by 7%, putting financial pressure on households when shopping for necessities such as food.

Corona Butcher in Mount Pocono has been a neighborhood staple for nearly 20 years. Azzaro tells us he sympathizes with his customers.

“It saddens me, that so much more money is coming out of people’s pockets. I can’t stand the fact that it’s going on,” explained Azzaro.

The price of bacon at the local shop went up 2 dollars per pound in the last six months. Azzaro explained that they’re working to keep prices as low as possible.

“What I try to do here, I’d rather almost keep the prices almost the same. I’d rather put less in my pocket, keep the customers happy, keep them coming back,” stated Azzaro.

A shopper tells us she stopped at the butcher to buy something special to prepare for a birthday dinner. She noted that rising prices are the new norm.

“We love their quality and their prices. I mean things are expensive all over, but at least you know what you’re getting here,” said Mary.

Azzaro says he hopes in the next six months that the prices go back down to normal, but until then, they’re going to keep on rolling and working through it.

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