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The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that "even as rising food prices have triggered protests in developing countries, Americans are rediscovering the economic virtues of a well-stocked food pantry and storage freezer, and embracing discount and wholesale retailers for cut-rate meals.

"Stockpiling staples such as rice, meats and canned soup is coming into vogue again as food inflation and $3.60-a-gallon gasoline have consumers cutting the frequency of shopping trips -- and loading up carts when they do shop. Sometimes shoppers are prodded by fears of impending food shortages, though none have yet materialized in the U.S."

KC's View:
It is sort of like living in Connecticut or New York, and always knowing that if you have to go to New Jersey, you wait and try to buy gasoline there…because the gas taxes are so low there that it is always cheaper.

I wonder if freezer and basement refrigerator sales are going to go up? I'm guessing yes…and I wonder how food retailers could take advantage of this trend.