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Food Prices To Increase In 2013

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This year has already seen jumps in EI and CPP and other taxes across the country, but prepare to have even less money in your pockets as food prices are set to rise this year.

A University of Guelph study predicted price increase for various foods:

  • Beef: 6 to 8 per cent due to rising grain prices for cattle feed
  • Pork: 8 to 10 per cent due to rising grain prices for cattle feed and higher production costs in the pork industry (remember the story last year on the bacon shortage)
  • Other meats: 4.5 to 6.5 per cent
  • Fish & Seafood: 1-3 per cent
  • Dairy: 1-3 per cent
  • Eggs: 3.5 to 5 per cent, due mostly to increases in animal welfare-based technology;
  • Grain: 1.4 to 2.7 per cent; and
  • Fresh vegetables, fruit and nuts, fish and seafood, and vegetables: 1 to 3 per cent.

As food prices rise, so will the demand on the foodbanks and other services – remember them in your donations this year.

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  1. adora

    I don’t know, man. They say that every year, but it’s never as bad as they predict. The raw materials such as cows and pigs are going to be more expensive, but there is a lot of things going on in between that affects the final prices. Being more efficient and better preservation often offset the prices.
    But the prediction on eggs are usually correct, since it is at its raw form.
    We still throw away about a third of our food. Getting more efficient will definitely offset the increase!

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  2. JLanky

    It really is astonishing how my grocery bill has ballooned over the last half decade. Trying to eat healthy and not buying overly processed goods or incredibly sugar filled stuff for breakfast is really quite an adventure on a budget. Even the low end No Frills in our neighbourhood is bordering on the same price range as Sobey’s for many goods and half the time the fresh fruits and veggies available are already rotting.

    It’ll be an interesting year and I’m thankfully for the small fruit and veggie markets in our corner of the city.

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    • FallenPixels

      I too love the little fruit and veggie markets near my house as well as the local farmers market when I can get there

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  3. SeriousSally

    Ha! Bacon shortage….been to Costco lately? I tell ya there’s been no shortage of bacon in my home.
    I’ve definitely noticed those food prices creeping up ever so slightly. With teenage boys and a preteen girl, my grocery bill has been going through the roof. I’ve definitely had to go the frozen veggie way for the most part, it seems more affordable, salads aside of course. Peanut butter has also jumped in price big time!

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  4. mojo

    This year I am committed to canning all the fresh produce I can for fall/winter. I am stocking up on canning item from the Zeller’s closing sale. Also from second hand store for masons jars. I have fond memories of canning with my aunts and grandma. I thinkI will try and pass it onto my kids.

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  5. Adriana

    We try to eat fruits and veggies that are in season. I know that our climate doesnt always permit us to do so but it also helps promote local growers. We have our own garden in the summer and try to can/freeze whenever possible. I too have fond memories of preserving with the family when I was little and I hope my children will have the same memories.

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  6. cdn75

    Every week when I grocery shop, something has increased in price. Honestly don’t know how people on fixed incomes make it. I guess that is where the rest of us need to step up and help.

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  7. I love to travel

    Use frozen fruit and frozen veggies, bought on sale,with coupons
    Frozen is a good as fresh
    Cuts your grocery bill
    Use protein sources other than meat – e.g. beans
    Beans go on sale often
    Use eggs instead of meat as protein — Freshco 18 pack eggs $2.99, every 6-8 weeks

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  8. Beans&Beans and more Beans

    With these prices in the latest flyers rising (eg. Sobeys, RCSS) soon many of us will not be able to afford to donate. Maybe the BigWigs Companies should be donating to help the poor, nevermind us regular folk.

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  9. Lana

    People really need to stop relying on meat to be on every plate they eat and slowly start moving towards a mostly plant based diet. I’ve noticed a minor yet still significant decrease in my grocery bill after I started focusing on eating non-meat items :)

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  10. Sayitaintso

    Sorry Lana but I crave protein just like most women crave chocolate!!! I need my meat 6 days a week, and will not eliminate that. I rarely buy chocolate and coffee from Starbucks, Tims, etc. as most spend $5.00 a day on that. We all have our vices…… just sayin…

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  11. Natalie

    With meat prices being expensive, I hit the stores early in the morning say 8am and pick up meat that is marked down to 50% off and freeze them. To make meat go farther, I no longer serve big pieces of meat like steak or roast as often. Instead I use meat in a stirfry with lots of vegetables. I find the Chinese supermarkets cheaper for meat & fish.

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