As coffee prices skyrocket, local coffee shops struggle with financial burden

WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Coffee lovers are in for a rude awakening as coffee prices are on the rise.

“Coffee is, on the world market, it’s the second-largest commodity. It’s traded next to petroleum,” said Yvonne Andresen.

Andresen is the owner of The Blend in Washington. She said she first noticed a spike in prices back in April 2021.

“It soared to a five-year high,” Andresen said.

The hike in prices has plenty of causes. The market is primarily controlled by Brazil, responsible for 30% of global coffee exports. Brazil experienced a severe drought, the “worst dry spell in

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Food service industry continues to struggle

MISSOULA — This time last year, Iron Horse Brew Pub scaled back operations due to the pandemic.

But even as the world bounces back from shutdowns, General Manager Todd Engel told MTN News that the restaurant continues to face hardships.

“We did anything extra we could. We were making pickles and cookies and selling anything that we could on the side just to make sure that we could get through what was going on and it was difficult, but at times it was easier than what we’re dealing with now,” Engel said.

Unemployment in Missoula is trending down. The U.S.

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Nine out of 10 people getting SNAP benefits struggle to access a healthy diet, new study shows

Almost 90 percent of people receiving SNAP — the federal food assistance program formerly known as food stamps — are struggling to access healthy food, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released Wednesday.

The nearly 42 million Americans receiving SNAP benefits are one of the most food insecure populations in the country, and more than half responding to a survey said they simply can’t afford the kind of nutritious food that makes up a healthy diet, the study revealed. For others surveyed, the top barriers to access included a lack of transportation to a grocery store

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