Rainfall Down, Steak Prices Up

Rainfall Down, Steak Prices Up
Severe drought in the Midwest is decimating the corn crop; steakhouses are feeling the pain (Data: USDA; Livestock Marketing Information Center; Urner Barry, Inc. )
Data: USDA; Livestock Marketing Information Center; Urner Barry, Inc.

Prices on steakhouse menus are higher than they were three years ago, and the drought that’s devastated corn crops in the Midwest will only push them higher. “We think the price rise is yet to come,” says Amy Rubenstein, an owner at Peter Luger in Brooklyn, who’s seen the cost of the prime New York strip steak she buys rise 11 percent this year and 45 percent since 2010.
 
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