Supermarket food prices are soaring, with the price of key items rising at several times the rate of inflation, figures show.
The rising cost of the shopping basket
The price of fresh food has risen by 12 per cent since the start of the year, while meat and fish now costs 23 per cent more on average. Meanwhile chicken and ham have risen by 42 and 45 per cent since January, placing the former staples out of many consumers’ price range.
The rises in the price of both basic pasta and basmati rice have also smashed through the 40 per cent barrier.
Even so-called slump proof tinned foods have registered a price rise of 15 per cent – more than three times the Government’s official inflation rate of 4.4 per cent.