Food prices were 9.4% higher in April 2022 than in April 2021 – the largest annual increase in 41 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday. Grocery prices jumped 10.8% for the year. (The prices do not reflect seasonal swings.)
And those aren’t the only items that saw big increases this year.
Meat and dairy products got much pricier. Bacon cost 17.7% more, and chicken prices were up by 16.4%. Butter and margarine together popped 19.2% and milk prices went up 14.7%, with fresh whole milk jumping 15.5%.
Flour prices surged by 14% and coffee by 13.5%. Fruits and vegetables also got a lot more expensive, as citrus shot up 18.6% and lettuce rose 12.7%. Even canned fruits and veggies were not immune: they increased 10.4%.
While the grocery aisle and your delivery app may feel bleak, there’s good news on the inflation front.
Here’s what changed in the grocery store in April
Breakfast, in particular, was a bummer. Nothing jumped quite as dramatically as that 22.6% spike in egg prices in April, but other items got more expensive.
Margarine was 7.1% more expensive, with butter jumping 3.7%. Milk went up 3.1%. Instant coffee got 3.7% more expensive and roasted coffee prices grew by 2.6%. Bacon got 2.5% more expensive. Breakfast cereal grew by 2.4%. Even the price of hash browns is up – potatoes got 2% more expensive.
A few items did get cheaper.
Uncooked beef steaks fell 2.1%, and the cost of ham dropped 1.8%. And the prices of shelf stable fish and seafood – canned tuna anyone? – fell 2.5%.
– CNN Business’s Anneken Tappe contributed to this report.