South Carolina butcher discusses current meat prices

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – If you’ve been shopping for groceries lately, you may have noticed that meat prices are at an all-time high.

Tate Meatworks owner Grant Tate said that in all his years in the meat industry, he had never seen prices skyrocket like this.

He said this increase is for all types of meats.

“The ground beef, at this time, twice what it should be, the tenderloin is about 50% higher than it should be, the strips, at least 50% higher, the ribeye is closer to 60 Higher%, ”Tate said.

Tate has owned his butcher shop since 1997. He said there are many factors behind the price hikes, but the main problem is supply.

“We are short, and the bottom line is that you still have problems with the supply chain, get it here, many of these plants are still not in full employment, you have the new covid things to come through,” he said.

He said that all of his employees work around the clock.

“We’re closed for a week, just so the guys could take some time off, it’s, growth is through the roof, demand for high-end beef is through the roof,” Tate said.

And he said that it is not only beef that is experiencing a price increase.

“Chicken, totally out of control. I mean, I’ve never seen chicken wings for the price they are, ”Tate said.

Kasyia Meadows said she has noticed.

“It’s so much more than it used to be, grocery shopping is getting harder and harder,” Meadows said.

She said buying the cheapest meat available is not the best option.

“I think if you want it to be cheaper, you have to get a lower quality. I don’t think it’s really fair to other people trying to eat healthier. Because if you get lower quality, then there is more fat, “he said.

Tate thinks things are going to get more expensive.

“It’s not a problem that I get it, it’s a problem that I get it at a price that I can sell without people swallowing their tongues,” he said.

Tate said ways to save on meat are to find good deals, buy in bulk if you can, and call grocery stores and distributors to see what they have more.

The Biden Administration has announced a billion dollar plan for independent meat and poultry producers. They said their goal is to help the industry and lower prices for consumers.

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