Great American Group Analysts See Overall Food Prices Rise

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Great American Group Analysts See Overall Food Prices Rise

-Meat and dairy product prices elevated due to lingering effects of the drought-

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Analysts with Great American Group, Inc. (OTCBB: GAMR) report that pricing for meats and dairy products remains higher than average. The trend reflects the continued market response to the 2012 drought, in which pricing for corn used in animal feeds was at a historic high.

"Increases in meat and dairy products were due to the lingering effects of the drought," said Ken Bloore, chief operating officer of Great American Group's Advisory and Valuation Services division. "As a result of higher costs for animal feed, many farmers were forced to sell off their stocks at the height of the drought, thereby lowering the current supply of meat in the marketplace."

According to Great American Group's newest Food Monitor, margins have been increasing for meat and processed foods as many companies have been able to fully pass along price increases to customers. While seafood prices have recently been down, due primarily to excess supply in the market, companies were able to preserve margins by selling off lower-priced inventory at a markup to customers.

The drought conditions that plagued U.S. crops last year appear to have abated, and farmers report favorable growing conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects a record corn harvest of 13.95 billion bushels this year, an increase of 29 percent from 2012. Lower prices for animal feed would enable farmers to restore their herds to normal levels.

"A return to normal feed prices would result in ample supplies of animal-based products such as meat and dairy," explained Bloore. "As a result, food prices could be expected to experience only minimal inflation next year."

For more information about industry trends in food, download Great American Group's latest Food Monitor available on the company's website at

For more information about asset disposition or advisory and valuation services available through Great American Group, visit

About Great American Group, Inc. (OTCBB: GAMR)

Great American Group is a leading provider of asset disposition and auction solutions, advisory and valuation services, capital investment, and real estate advisory services for an extensive array of companies. A trusted strategic partner at every stage of the business lifecycle, Great American Group efficiently deploys resources with sector expertise to assist companies, lenders, capital providers, private equity investors and professional service firms in maximizing the value of their assets. The company has in-depth experience within the retail, industrial, real estate, healthcare, energy and technology industries. The corporate headquarters is located in Woodland Hills, Calif. with additional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Dallas, Melville, N.Y., New York, Norwalk, Conn., San Francisco, London, Milan and Munich. For more information, call (818) 884-3737 or visit

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