Piazza said last year’s diesel rates did cause a hike in prices for the customer, but those have come off.
“We did have to pay our truckers a much healthier rate, but we got through it just fine,” Piazza said. “You pass those costs on to the customer and it’s all forgotten about before long.”
Fuel surcharges were just one of the ways the cost of diesel was passed along.
“The nice thing about a fuel surcharge is that you can have it tied directly to the cost of diesel and change each week,” said Adam Gamble, general manager of North Country Produce, a division of Inver Grover Heights-based Russ Davis Wholesale. “It’s the fairest way.”