What products are blowing up your bill at the grocery store?


What products make blow up your grocery bill?

Fruits and vegetables can take on a bland taste at the grocery store.

All Canadians see it, the bill for the grocery cart continues to increase. And not just a little. In May, food prices rose 9.7% compared to the same period last year, according to Statistics Canada. Here are some concrete examples of products that cost more in 2022 than in 2021.

On the protein side, chicken saw a big jump from $12.58 for a kilogram of chicken breast to $15.32. The price per kilo of ground beef has risen from $9.19 to $10.82. Even canned tuna is more expensive than in 2021.

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And for those who thought they were going to rely on dairy products for their daily protein intake, the Canadian Dairy Commission has approved, for a rare time, a second price increase milk for this year.

On average, fresh fruit cost 10% more in April 2022 than in April 2021, and fresh vegetables cost 8.2% more.

The price of vegetables however, remains stable, with some even decreasing slightly over the past year.

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Even the price of pasta and flour has gone up over the past year. The situation is such that, last month, Food Banks Canada released a report that one in five Canadians say they eat less than they should because of inflation.

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As for pantry products, edible fats and oils saw a record increase of 30%, mainly due to higher cooking oil prices.

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Result: if you put all the products presented above in your grocery cart, it will cost you $93.38, or $16.25 more than in 2021.

The prices of a few foods have remained stable over the past year, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, lemons and bananas.

At the same time, inflation is also affecting other sectors, helping to squeeze Canadians' budgets and influencing the choice of products they can afford to buy. grocery.

Energy prices rose 34.8% year over year in May, mainly due to the largest monthly price increase since January 2003, says Statistics Canada. Compared with May 2021, consumers paid 48.0% more for gasoline in May due to higher crude oil prices, which also translated into higher fuel oil prices and other fuels.

Shelter costs rose 7.4% year-over-year in May, matching the increase observed in April. And furnishing these homes is also more expensive, with furniture prices rising 15.8% due to rising shipping costs and input prices. Tariffs on upholstered furniture (+22.7%) imported from China or Vietnam introduced in early May 2021 contributed to the price increase.

Du On the services side, there was a 5.2% increase in May 2022 compared to May 2021. As public health measures eased, Canadians opted for leisure activities, stayed in hotels and ate in restaurants more often, but accommodation prices increased by 40.2% and the price of meals purchased from restaurants by 6.8%.

With information from CBC's Christian Paas-Lang


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