Washington Square’s Middle Child announced on Instagram on Monday that his audience had eaten: The grocery store needs to raise prices.
It’s not exactly welcome news, but who could be surprised? Anyone who’s bought milk, eggs, or even as much as a Gatorade this year knows that food prices at the grocery store keep going up. Restaurants are not immune.
But Middle Child has turned an unsavory reality into a commendable article by showing off their work. Inspired by a recent New York Times article that unpacked price increases at a restaurant, the grocery store presented the costs for 2019 versus 2022 and the delta between them. Examples included a 178% increase in the price of eggs, a 139% increase in cooking oil, and a 181% increase in latex gloves, among others. They tried alternatives, adjusting portions and supply, but in the end they would have to raise prices to survive.
The post scored even more likes than Middle Child’s announcement in mid-July that their wildly popular BLTs were back. Other restaurants and influencers commented with hearts and clapping emojis, praising the grocery store’s transparency.
It’s one of the happiest entries in what are mostly grim tales of rising food prices, but it opens the door to many questions: Why are latex gloves still so expensive? ? Will costs ever return to 2019 levels? Are some food products more affordable?
The Inquirer wants to know what questions readers have about food costs, whether at the home, restaurant or supply chain level. We will find experts with the answers.