High Gas Prices Impact Meat Counter


EAST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – High gasoline prices mean you’re likely to start paying some of the tab that farmers pay for fuel.

There are ways to save, according to Nashville’s Porter Road Butcher.

“If we start thinking more regionally and supporting the people who are doing it right, we’ll be on a better level,” said Porter Road Butcher co-founder and COO James Peisker.

Porter Road Butcher sources from 40 farmers in Tennessee and surrounding states. Like everyone else, their farmers are paying more right now to power their equipment, so the butcher is working with them to make sure there’s limited wastage. Something small businesses can do.

“We’re trying to make sure we’re using the animal, respecting the life we’ve taken and using every last bit. So we’re putting out these really cool cuts, like butcher cuts, Merlot cuts, Denver cuts – cuts that are amazing, but you don’t really hear about them. The reason we’re doing this is so then we reduce the waste, the trimmings, and we maximize the money cuts that people are looking for,” said Peisker.

Porter Road Butcher has a popular subscription service. Delivering meat may cost customers a bit more in the coming weeks, but the co-founder says they can save where other big meat processors can’t.

“We’re able to lower our carton costs because we get it from Clarksville. We’re able to lower our gel pack costs because we get it outside of Louisville. We’re trying to think more regionally, trying to source as much locally as possible to make sure we’re not shipping product from across the country, around the world,” he said.

Customers should expect a fuel surcharge in the coming weeks.

To think local shopping is more expensive, Peisker said to think again.

“It may be more expensive now, but if the system becomes the standard method, if Porter Road meat becomes the lower level of meat, then the future will be bright and beautiful,” he said. .


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