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Iceberg lettuce for "a whopping 2 euros": Some food prices have risen significantly in one year


Many foods have become more expensive. How much have prices risen on average? The consumer advice center has looked into this question in more detail.

Many foods have become more expensive.

How much have prices risen on average?

The consumer advice center has looked into this question in more detail.

The increased food prices are causing problems for many consumers.

This year, some people have stood in amazement in front of the vegetable shelves, where the prices for cucumbers or zucchini have risen noticeably in some cases.

You can see this most clearly with the iceberg lettuce, as the

Augsburger Allgemeine

described in an online report: according to figures from the Agrar Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI), a head cost only 65 cents last winter, even in the same week at the end of January “a whopping 2 euros”.

Broccoli is just three times as expensive in the supermarket as it was in 2016, and zucchini is almost as expensive.

Food: how much have prices increased?

The prices of many foods have been rising for months, as the consumer advice center wrote in a March 23 statement.

"According to data from the Federal Statistical Office, food prices continue to rise sharply," it continues.

In February 2023, food prices (21.8%) rose even more than energy prices (19.1%).

This development affects all food groups.

In the past 20 years, food prices have risen less than other living expenses.

"Between 2000 and 2019, inflation averaged just under 1.5 percent."


You leave a lot of money when you go shopping.

Many food prices have gone up.

© Friso Gentsch/dpa

In February 2023, the following foods in particular became more expensive compared to February 2022, according to


The amounts stated are rounded up and down.

Here is the overview:

1. Edible fats and oils (total +23 percent; peak was +51 percent in October 2022 compared to October 2021 prices):

  • Sunflower and rapeseed oil: +59 percent (in November 2022 the price increase was +82 percent compared to November 2021)

  • Butter: +8 percent (highest year-on-year inflation was +56 percent in September 2022)

  • Margarine: +43 percent

2. Dairy products and eggs (total +35 percent):

  • Fresh milk depending on the variety: between +33 and +36 percent

  • Yoghurt: +25 percent

  • Sliced ​​cheese: +47 percent

  • Cottage cheese: +64 percent

  • Cream cheese: +35 percent

  • Cream: +47 percent

  • Eggs: +16 percent

3. Fruit (total +8 percent):

Canned fruit depending on the variety: +19 to +32 percent

4. Vegetables (overall +20 percent; year-on-year high was +23 percent in October 2022):

  • Cauliflower, savoy cabbage and other cabbage: +40 percent

  • Peppers: +47 percent

  • Carrots: +37 percent

  • Frozen spinach: +24 percent

  • Canned vegetables depending on the type of vegetable: between +22 and +36 percent

5. Meat (overall +19 percent):

  • Ground pork: +25 percent

  • Ground beef: +29 percent

  • Fresh poultry meat: +29 percent

6. Fish (overall +23 percent):

  • Fresh fish: +21 percent

  • Frozen Fish: +30 percent

  • Smoked fish: +22 percent

  • Canned fish: +21 percent

7. Flour, bread and grain products (total +24 percent):

  • Wheat flour: +58 percent

  • Noodles: +26 percent

  • Pasta ready meals: +39 percent

  • Rice: +23 percent

  • Oatmeal: +38 percent

  • Crispbread and Rusks: +40 percent

  • Wholemeal and grain bread: +20 percent

  • White bread: +20 percent

  • Toast bread: +38 percent

8. Sauces and condiments (overall +33 percent):

  • Vinegar: + 25 percent

  • Mustard: +33 percent

  • Mayonnaise: +42 percent

  • Ketchup: +49 percent

  • Sugar: +70 percent

9. Jams and preserves: +26 percent

10. Honey: +22 percent

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Consumer center: Which products were cheaper on average?

According to the comparison, only "very few products" have become cheaper, according to the conclusion of the consumer center.

"Compared to the previous year, for example, apples (-5 percent) and pears (-3 percent) were cheaper in February 2023." A number of factors would play into the price increase, "including increased energy costs, hidden price increases and the difficult international political situation and labor shortage".

However, there are currently no bottlenecks in the supply situation.

“Hamster purchases are not necessary.

They tend to worsen the situation," stressed the consumer advocates in the statement.

List of rubrics: © Friso Gentsch/dpa

Source: merkur

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