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Anthony Cirillo

Food Prices to Rise This Year

By February 22, 2013

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With the dining experience central to person-centered care, it is worth taking note of industry forecasts for food prices in 2013.

Long-term care facilities should prepare to pay more for food in 2013, with prices going up as much as 4%.

The severe drought that devastated crops in 2012 among other factors will likely lead to rising costs for dietary in the coming year, said Michael Greenfield, CEO of Prime Source, which handles purchasing for long-term care and assisted living facilities nationwide.

"Shifts in global weather patterns, the drought in the United States, inflation and instability in the Middle East will all affect the prices you'll be paying for everything, from eggs and milk to fresh produce and beef," Greenfield said in a statement released by Prime Source.

His prediction is in line with numbers from the American Farm Bureau Federation, which has predicted food prices to go up 3% to 4% in 2013.

The recently passed fiscal cliff deal provided some good news for the long-term care sector. The legislation stabilized dairy prices in danger of spiking absent the passage of a farm bill.

While I would hope food prices do not interfere with the dining experience of residents, I am more worried about seniors living at home. We have reported on senior nutrition in the past. It is a big problem and rising food prices will not help. Please consider those not in your care who are in the community and may need help. Reach out to them.

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