Woman customer paying via credit card using NFC technology in shopping mall
Woman customer paying via credit card using NFC technology in shopping mall

Food prices rose once again during the month of September, up 0.2% after an increase of the same amount in August, according to the recently released CPI report

Food at home

The food at home index rose 0.1% in September, following August’s 0.2% increase. Half of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased during this time. Meanwhile, the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased the most at 0.5%. The index for cereals and bakery products saw its first decline since June 2021, falling 0.4% during the month of September.

Price changes for the other major grocery store groups included:

  • Other food at home: +0.3% (+0.2% in August)
  • Dairy and related products: +0.1% (-0.4% in August)
  • Fruits and vegetables: unchanged (-0.2% in August)
  • Nonalcoholic beverages: unchanged (-0.2% in August)

The food at home index rose 2.4% during the past 12 months. The index for cereals and bakery products experienced the biggest jump during this time period, rising 4.8%, while the dairy and related products index decreased 0.2%. The rest of the  grocery store food groups increased anywhere from 0.2% (meat, poultry, fish, and eggs) to 4.2% (other food at home).

Food away from home

The index for food away from home rose 0.4% in September, after rising 0.3% in August. The index for full service meals and the index for limited service meals both increased 0.4% during the month. 

The index for food away from home rose 6.0% during the past 12 months. The index for limited service meals increased 6.4% during this time, and the index for full service meals went up 5.1%.

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