As little to no inflation continues to course through the U.S. system, it appears due to cost pressure one will now need to ask for tomatoes if they wish to have them on their hamburgers at Wendy's. This brings back memories for those of us old enough to remember one of the epic commercials of all time.... just replace beef with tomatoes. While I cannot confirm it, rumors are surfacing that Fed head Dudley requests iPads on his Wendy hamburgers because after all - they are going down in price. [Mar 11, 2011: Fed's Dudley Says not to Worry About Food Inflation because iPad Deflation Makes Up for It]
- Food prices at the wholesale level rose last month by the most in 36 years. Cold weather accounted for most of it, forcing stores and restaurants to pay more for green peppers, lettuce and other vegetables, but meat and dairy prices surged, too.
- Wendy’s, paying higher prices for tomatoes, now puts them on hamburgers only by request. Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have raised prices because they pay more for coffee beans. Supermarkets warn customers that produce may be of lower quality, or limited.