Five groceries with large price increases amid high inflation

(The Hill) – Concerns about soaring gas prices across the United States have been a major concern for Americans this year, but high inflation has also led to soaring prices in the grocery store.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 8.5 percent over the past 12 months, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recording major bumps in everything from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy products.

Below are the five groceries with the largest 12-month cost increase, according to the USDA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Beef and veal products

Uncooked beef and veal have seen the largest increase on store shelves, with an increase of 20.4 percent over the past year.

Uncooked beef roasts rose 17.7 percent, and beef steaks rose 16.4 percent.

A severe labor shortage in the meat packaging industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the rise in meat prices.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits, including lemons, limes and grapefruits, rose 19.5 percent.

Prices of oranges and tangerines rose 18.3 percent.

A myriad of factors have raised the prices of fresh produce, including rising wages in Mexico, a major importer of fruits and vegetables and a drought in California, according to The Washington Post.

Bacon

Bacon products rose 18.2 percent in the last year.

Breakfast sausages have also increased significantly by 16.5 percent in the last 12 months.

Margarine and peanut butter

The price of margarine rose 15.8 percent annually, while peanut butter rose 15.8 percent last year.

Butter production has fallen 1.4 percent from February 2021 and 5.4 percent from this January, according to the latest USDA report.

Fresh and frozen chicken parts

Chicken portions, which include packs of drumsticks, thighs and breasts, rose 15.1 percent.

The price of birds may rise again as bird flu has spread across the country and in some cases hit commercial flocks.

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