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Apple and cider prices head higher

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(10/02/12) - From meat and produce to poultry and peanut butter, higher food prices are taking a bigger bite out of your income. And, if you've been to your local grocer or orchard, you know that trend applies to apples and cider, too.

Weather played an important role, wiping out most of Michigan's apple crop. But higher costs can't be blamed just on the shortage of apples. "The major problem is not really the cost of the apples, it's the cost of shipping them," says Zachary Koan of Almar Orchards.

Shipping can add up to thousands of dollars on apples brought in from other key apple states like Washington State or New York. And, it all adds up at the retail level.

"Normally, you buy a gallon of cider, any other year for 4 or 5 bucks, it's 10 bucks (now)," Koan said. 

Customers like Swartz Creek native Chris Hall and his family are not letting higher prices ruin a good time. "We enjoy the animals in the back and the cider and doughnuts here inside the store."

Local say they will continue to support Mid-Michigan orchards. " This is homegrown for the most-part. You have to make sure you support them and keep them in business," says Jackie Hall.

Almar Orchards, in Flushing, lost all of their crop this year. They're spending more to stock their shelves with fruit from other parts of Michigan, and from other states. Koan also notes that apple costs have risen 10-20 percent, thanks in part to a bumper crop in other parts of the country off-setting added shipping charges.

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