Nathan Holleman, assistant director/horticulture marketing at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, didn’t have comparative price statistics. But he said Wilmington might have higher consumer prices for food and other products “due to vendor perception that consumers will pay more” because of the city’s location on the coast and its status as a tourist designation.
“Certainly there are many farms located near Wilmington. Some of their production could be under contract and destined for locations or warehouse distribution centers other than there. I’ve heard that some of the produce needs, in particular, for Wilmington are actually met from farms in South Carolina. It just depends on where stores can get a steady supply of products to meet their needs. Wilmington is at the far end of the state, so transportation could also factor in to higher costs,” said Holleman.
He encouraged consumers to shop around to find the best available prices.
Date posted: July 22, 2010
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