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Shrimp-Price Surge Makes Pad Thai More Costly for Diners: Retail

Penny pinchers will be forgiven for skipping the shrimp scampi this season.

Prices for shrimp have jumped to a 14-year high in recent months, spurred by a disease that’s ravaging the crustacean’s population. At Noodles & Co., a chain with locations across the country, it costs 29 percent more to add the shellfish to pastas this year, and shrimp-heavy dishes at places like the Cheesecake Factory Inc. are going up as well.