Ongoing food supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are still impacting the cost of groceries today.
Grocery prices rose about 0.2 percent from November to December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every year, prices rise by about 11.8%.
During the initial lockdown, food producers struggled to find a manageable system that would allow them to serve consumers. Labor disruptions also increase the cost of food production, as more money must be invested in training workers and protecting food from contamination. Food growers, processors and distributors need to adapt their packaging, be aware of new labeling requirements and meet the growing demands of food retailers.
The impact of these changes still haunts grocery shoppers. So, which foods have seen the biggest price increases recently? Stacker used monthly data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the eight grocery items with the largest price increases in the past month. Stacker excluded some very specific meat categories in order to better understand grocery price volatility more broadly.
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