According to Stats NZ numbers, using kiwifruit for your Christmas pavlova may be more costly than last year, while strawberry prices are down as the holidays approach. Prices for other Christmas products like soft drinks, boxed chocolates, and pork roast are also down.
In November, kiwifruit prices rose 67 percent, to a weighted average price of $6.25 per kilogram. This compares with $3.32 in November last year.
“We typically see kiwifruit prices begin to rise in July of each year and peak in March. However, this November we saw prices similar to previous March peaks,” consumer prices manager Sarah Johnson said. “Prices for soft drinks dropped to a weighted average price of $2.64 in November, down from $2.84 in October. The price of a 250 gram box of chocolates also fell to $7.14 in November, down from $8.41 in October.”
Falling vegetable prices contributed to a 0.7 percent overall drop in food prices in November. Seasonal produce such as tomatoes contributed to a 3.1 percent fall in overall fruit and vegetable prices in the month of November. Tomato prices fell 51 percent to a weighted average price of $3.44 per kilogram, while broccoli prices fell 19 percent to a weighted average price of $5.47 per kilogram. Cucumber prices fell 23 percent to a weighted average price of $5.00 per kilogram.