A six-month snapshot of prices at the country's main supermarkets shows the cost of basic food stuffs has increased. Stuff has compared the price of an average shopping trolley: a basket of 45 items was first compiled in September, and again on January 25.
It included common foods, among which were different types of fresh produce like apples, mushrooms and capsicum, beef mince and skinless chicken, pasta, rice and tinned tomatoes. Many types of fresh fruits and vegetables were up in price, although this partly due to the change in season.
Be that as it may, New Zealanders say they are feeling the bite on their wallet, with Consumer NZ receiving more than 100 complaints about food prices at supermarkets since the 2021 lockdown.
Disease drives up tomato prices
Tomatoes are far more expensive currently as well. In places, the price has nearly doubled to more than $7 a kilogram. United Fresh president Jerry Prendergast explains why it has become so expensive. "With the pepino mosaic virus that's been plaguing the tomato industry since about May last year, that's really affected the crop quite significantly. There just simply hasn't been as many tomatoes growing this year as we've seen in the past years."
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