In-N-Out Burger says it raised prices because of minimum wage increase – Orange County Register

In-N-Out Burger has confirmed TV reports that it has raised its prices in California.

California’s minimum wage hike for fast food workers, which kicked in on April 1, was a factor in the price hike, according to Chief Operating Officer Denny Warnick.

“On April 1st, we raised our prices incrementally to accompany a pay raise for all of the Associates working in our California restaurants,” he said in a statement. “The price increase was also necessary to maintain our quality standards.”

Warnick said In-N-Out’s starting wage in California is $22 to $23 per hour, depending on location. At its most recent opening, in Jurupa Valley on May 31, the wage was $22 per hour.

The minimum wage rose to $20 for fast food workers following the passage of Assembly Bill 1228, which affects more than 550,000 employees and about 30,000 restaurants in the state, officials said.

In an April interview on the “Today” show, owner and president Lynsi Snyder told Savannah Sellers she fought increasing prices while other companies were making jumps in the face of inflation and increasing wages.

Double-Doubles are selling for $5.90 to $6.05 in California, Sellers reported.

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