Inflation, Supply Chain Impacting Iowa Chocolate, Flower Businesses

Valentine's Chocolates

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(Marion, IA) -- It is one of the busiest times of the year for flower and chocolate businesses in Iowa, and supply chain issues have become a serious factor.

"Knowing that Valentine's [Day] was going to be our hardest hit, we actually stocked up two months ago," says Tina Kerslake, owner of Sweetopia in Marion. "All the suppliers are currently out."

Inflation has also impacted these businesses in varying ways.

Kerslake says even though inflation is driving up costs, they're keeping prices the same.

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