Fuel prices are down. Thank goodness.Â We’ve heard from several customers who are asking when our prices will follow.Â Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
As a food company, our prices are much more closely tied to food prices than they are to gas prices.Â And while fuel costs are way down (believe me, a relief for all of us), we have not seen a decrease in our food costs.Â In fact, food costs continue to rise and most economists see this trend continuing, much to everyoneâ€™s dismay.Â And no, weâ€™re not making this up because we are a food company J.Â In fact, I might refer you to a recent article in the New York Times (“Food Prices Expected to Keep Going Up”, 11/27/08).Â You might need to log in to see the article, so here’s the key quote: “Experts warn that consumers should not expect lower prices anytime soon on most items at the grocery store or in restaurants.”Â Â Unfortunately, we’re allÂ seeing this wherever we shop… and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change.Â As a company, and as individuals, we all keep hoping things get better, but I donâ€™t think anyone can say for sure.
Despite this tough environment, Let’s Dish! has offered a lot of extras to our customers.Â In 2008 alone: we added the DishRewards program and have already doled out over $100,000 in savings to customers around the region; we started including sides with almost every meal; we donated hundreds ofÂ meals to needy families through our Pink Dish Campaign and otherÂ programs; we added kid sessions; and we created â€śHALVESâ€ť so customersÂ could dish for as little as $54.