Will the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico mean higher seafood prices in Wisconsin this summer? Grocers and wholesalers are keeping a close eye on the situation. Wisconsin Grocers Association President Brand Scholz says the answer to that question is not necessarily, or at least not right away.
“This is obviously a very big story in the news,” Scholz says. “But in reality, how much of that product from the Gulf is coming into Wisconsin? A good portion of it is sold regionally in that area.” Still, Scholz doesn’t rule out eventual impacts on consumers in Wisconsin, despite their distance from the Gulf, especially if the situation continues to worsen.
What typically comes out of the Gulf which might end up on the table here? Scholz says shrimp of course, along with oysters and other shellfish, and fish like grouper and snapper. Scholz says the situation is being monitored on a daily basis by seafood wholesalers and grocers.
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