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A Global Trade War Could Boost America's Lunch Bill by $875 Million

  • Restaurants face higher avocado, tomato and packaging costs
  • Levies may exacerbate existing pressures from wages and pork
An employee prepares a burrito bowl at a Chipotle.
An employee prepares a burrito bowl at a Chipotle.Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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The growing threat of an all-out global trade war means Americans may have to fork out more cash at lunchtime.

Firehouse Subs will likely bump sandwich prices by 10 cents because of tariffs on to-go packaging it gets from China. The cost is amplified by the fact that about 60% of the company’s orders are for takeout or delivery, according to Don Fox, chief executive officer of the 1,100-store chain.