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COVID-19: Food Prices Are Up - Some Items By As Much As 25 Percent

Food prices at grocery stores have increased by an average of 5.6 percent compared to the same time period last year.
Food prices at grocery stores have increased by an average of 5.6 percent compared to the same time period last year. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Food prices at grocery stores have increased by an average of 5.6 percent compared to the same time period last year.

It’s another way COVID-19 has changed the economy, according to the latest price index provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Some food prices have increased more than others. Only the price of fresh fruit seems to have gone down.

The food product that saw the highest hike in price is beef and veal, followed by pork and eggs, according to the most recent information available from the USDA.

Beef and veal are 25 percent more expensive in June 2020 than June 2019, while pork and eggs went up by 12 percent each.

The price of fresh fruit dropped by 1 percent.

The trend of rising food costs is predicted to carry over into 2020 when, overall, food prices are expected to grow by 2 to 3 percent, the USDA said.

Here is a graphic showing the percentage change in food prices have changed from June 2019 to June 2020:

Food prices at grocery stores have increased by an average of 5.6 percent compared to the same time period last year.

Infogr.am Kristin Palpini

All food: 4.5

Food away from home: 3

Food at home: 6

Beef and veal: 25

Pork: 12

Poultry: 9

Eggs: 12

Dairy: 5

Fresh fruit: -1

Fresh vegetables: 5

Processed fruits and vegetables;es: 4

Sugar and sweeteners: 3

Cereal and baked goods: 3

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