Higher prices for meat, poultry, and fish contributed to a 3.5 percent increase in food prices for the year ended January 2020, the largest annual rise in food prices in over eight years, Stats NZ said today.
Seasonal fruit and vegetable prices contribute to monthly rise
Higher prices for apples and strawberries contributed to a 2.1 percent rise in food prices for the January 2020 month.
Apple prices generally peak in January. Between December 2019 and January 2020, apple prices rose 22 percent to a weighted average price of $4.62 per kilogram.
In January 2019, the weighted average price for apples was $3.98 per kilogram.