STORES SET TO PASS ON HIKES IN COFFEE PRICES

Retailers already are feeling the effect of a frost that damaged coffee crops in Brazil -- and consumers soon will be.Supermarket executives contacted by SN last week said the jump in wholesale prices brought on by the frost is forcing them to pass increases along to consumers. They added that they expected the change to negatively impact consumption.They will try to cushion the shock to shoppers,

Retailers already are feeling the effect of a frost that damaged coffee crops in Brazil -- and consumers soon will be.

Supermarket executives contacted by SN last week said the jump in wholesale prices brought on by the frost is forcing them to pass increases along to consumers. They added that they expected the change to negatively impact consumption.

They will try to cushion the shock to shoppers, however. Retailers said that while they've been hit with instant price hikes,

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