Recent Rise in Food Prices

By Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

It’s not your imagination. The cost of food is increasing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a unit of the U.S. Bureau of Labor, recently reported on food prices. In November 2022, based on preliminary data, the price of fresh and dry vegetables increased 38.1%, the highest increase of any food category. Other categories of plant foods had smaller increases:

  • Fresh fruit and melons increased 3.2%
  • Processed fruit and vegetables increased 1.7%
  • Rice increased 0.5%

Some categories of plant foods decreased in price including:

  • Pasta decreased 1.5%
  • Grains decreased 3.2%

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