Grocery stores benefit from cold weather
BATON ROUGE- As the temperatures drop, hundreds of shoppers are filling area grocery stores in search of the cold weather essentials. The most popular items at Bet-R grocery store ranged from milk and bread to stew meats.
"They're buying a lot of soup shank, a lot of stew meat, anything that'll make a good pot of soup. I think customers are trying to cook them a good pot of soup and stay inside and wait for this weather to pass," said Keith Lamotte, a butcher at Bet-R.
Several shoppers said they were making home-cooked warming meals.
"I can't make chicken and dumplings because that's my mom's specialty, but I can make a good vegetable soup, so I'm getting a soup bone, and lean stew meat and some fresh vegetables," said shopper Francie Bajoie. "Cause it's cold, it's bone chillin' and that's what you need to eat today, maybe tomorrow too!"
Pepperidge Farms bread distributor, Kevin Luker, was stocking more than normal to keep shelves full over the weekend.
"Sales pick up, a lot of people come to the stores their afraid they can't get out and its good for business they just need to learn its not as bad as they think it is," said Luker.
Luker said he would stock extra to hold the store over until the Super Bowl.