Regular JJ Bean customers may have noticed that the price of a full-bodied cup of Railtown has risen by a few cents.
The company, which has stores in Toronto and Vancouver, increased the price of its products from one to three per cent on Jan. 1 to offset Ontario’s minimum wage hike, which went from $11.60 to $14 an hour. 
When the company had to increase wages for its Ontario employees to meet provincial law, it decided to also increase staff pay in Vancouver.
“We couldn’t treat one set of staff differently than another staff. So we just decided to bite the bullet and do what is right for everybody,” said John Neate, founder of JJ Bean.
The company raised its prices one to three per cent across Canada, which it says, depending on the product, amounts to an increase of anywhere between five and 50 cents. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
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