The cost of the average basket of groceries monitored by interest.co.nz is at an all time high, hitting $183.67 this week.
It ended December 2021 at $172.59, the month Statistics NZ reported a 4.5% annual increase in food prices, the highest in a decade.
The continued upward momentum this month shows even steeper rises are already underway this year and bumpy road is ahead for our supermarket trolleys.
Our sample list is priced up weekly in Countdown New Zealand, as well as Woolworths Australia, for the purposes of comparison over time and can be tracked here.
Inflation figures out this week also had our whip round the grocery store securely in its sights, hitting a three-decade high with consumer prices rising 5.9%.
Vegetable prices rose 14% and milk, cheese, and eggs were up 7%.
The price of tomatoes has been a hot topic recently, it nearly doubled in the year to December 2021.
“The weighted average price of 1kg of tomatoes increased from $3.33 in December 2020 to $6.61 in December 2021,” said Katrina Dewbery, consumer prices manager at Statistics NZ.