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Vegetable prices affecting Subway

 
 
 
 
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By Joanne Briggs

Local lovers of submarine sandwiches from the international fast-food chain Subway will have to take a bigger bite out their pockets.

The sandwiches have gone up by a dollar. And the health-conscious will have to fork out as much as $6 more for a salad. The price adjustment began Wednesday.

An official for the local Subway franchise said the raise in price of the deli sandwiches is nothing new.

“Every year we raise prices,” she said.

However, the prices of salads were kept stable since the US-based company came to the island in 2002, said the official who did not wished to be named.

But the new price would also mean additions to the salad.

“We are making up for that. We are beefing up the salad with bacon bits and extra stuff,” she said.

The new price is also a result of the increase in the cost of vegetables, she said.

Last month, chief executive officer of the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Company, Samaroo Dowlath, said vegetable prices are almost double the price they were last year.

Low production as a result of heavy rains and flooding have put pressure on supply, he said.

The increase in food prices has forced other restaurants and fast food outlets to either increase prices or change their menus.

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