Fruit and veges hit by big price rise
12:30PM Monday August 25, 2008

The latest food price survey has revealed more pain for supermarket shoppers in the fresh produce section.

Food prices rose 0.6 per cent in July from June, mainly due to higher prices for fruit and vegetables, Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) said today.

The largest rises included lettuce up 32.4 per cent and cucumber up 27.9 per cent, although tomatoes were down 14.6 per cent and nectarines dropped 32.3 per cent. For the fruit and vegetable subgroup as a whole, prices were up 3.6 per cent, SNZ said today.

The grocery food subgroup increased 0.5 per cent in July, with yoghurt up 9.2 per cent.

The restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food subgroup was up 0.6 per cent, while non-alcoholic beverages were up 0.4 per cent.

Combined meat, poultry and fish prices dropped 1 per cent, with fresh chicken prices down 7.1 per cent, SNZ said.

The 0.6 per cent overall rise in July followed increases of 1.3 per cent in June and 1 per cent in May.

For the year to July, food prices rose 7.6 per cent.

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