Reality of Inflation Hits Consumer After he Notices Rising Prices of Orange Juice

Reality of Inflation Hits Consumer After he Notices Rising Prices of Orange Juice
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Food price inflation is reaching unprecedented levels and people who are already bogged down by fuel costs as well as rent hikes, are now finding it difficult to digest how much they need to pay even to grab a snack. In a recent incident, a customer at a grocery store expressed dismay over the price of Simply Orange juice, captured in a video by the TikTok user @keysofawesome. In the footage released on Monday, the customer was taken aback by the $6.48 price tag on a large jug of Simply Orange. Expressing frustration, he said, "This is my favorite stuff, $7 for Simply Orange juice! That's just too costly! Why can't we place this on layaway?"

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Concerns over orange juice prices

Customers have expressed ongoing concern over rising orange juice prices in recent months. According to an October report from The Wall Street Journal, the average price of a gallon of orange juice in grocery stores surged by over 10% for the four weeks ending on October 7th, reaching $9.18, a significant increase from the previous year.

"Orange juice costs have skyrocketed and it’s a huge concern across the industry, affecting both producers and consumers," says Karel Coosemans, global innovation program director, Re-Master Citrus at IFF.

A report by Business Insider further highlights the spike in orange juice prices, which have nearly tripled since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, and attributes the surge to factors such as diseases and hurricanes disrupting production.

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Analysis of grocery price trends

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In February, The Washington Post published an article delving into the reasons behind price hikes despite minimal increases elsewhere. The piece notes a 25% rise in food costs over the last four years, surpassing the average inflation rate of 19%.

While prices of items like mobile phones and appliances have decreased, commodities such as water, sugar, and beef have seen significant increases.

Reasons behind price rise

Several factors contribute to these price hikes, including supply chain disruptions, avian flu outbreaks, droughts, and other external issues beyond government control. Heightened consumer demand has also driven a shift towards pricier groceries, with major chains able to maintain high prices due to their market dominance.

"We are leveraging several technologies, industrial and university partnerships, as well as sensory-guided analysis to create more sustainable citrus taste solutions and contribute to the authentic aroma profile of the final product," assured Richard Hartfall, citrus platform director at Symrise.

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In response to the video, one viewer raised concerns about certain customer segments, particularly college students. They questioned how students manage the expense of groceries, specifically highlighting the high cost of ramen noodles. "Someone should check on students' well-being amidst these challenges," the comment continued.

Challenges ahead 

Ibiapaba Netto, the executive director of CitrusBR, an organization that supports Brazilian juice farmers, voiced concerns about the present shortage of supplies. "There is no certainty that this problem will be resolved and it might take a lot of time," he said.

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Brazil has a major role in the orange juice sector, as seen by its astounding 75% share of the global orange juice trade. "Because of worries about the greening disease, which threatens citrus trees, fruit growers are reluctant to make investments in growing orchards," Netto added.

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