Food inflation has reached 5.1% (CPI) in the year to February, the Office for National Statistics ‘basket of goods’ data has revealed.
Pasta and couscous prices have risen by 9.4% over the past year and the ‘bread and cereals’ category rose by 4.2.%
Prices within the ‘milk, eggs and cheese’ section increased by 6.1%, with low-fat milk increasing by 11.1% and eggs by 8.1%.
The largest inflationary increase came from ‘jams, marmalades and honey’ which soared by 16.1%, while fruit prices increased by 6.2%. Additionally, meat prices rose by 5.2%, with ‘beef and veal’ up by 7.9% and poultry 6.8% pricier.
Driving the 6.7% price hike for non-alcoholic beverages was coffee at 10.3% and mineral or spring waters which grew by 11.3%.
On top of this, manufacturers have also raised their prices at the fastest rate since September 2008, with output price inflation rising to 10.1% in February compared to 9.9% in January.
Metal products, used in the packaging of canned goods, rose by 13.8% and chemical products rose by 17.9%.