Average family to pay $400 more for groceries next year, report estimates
The average Canadian family will pay about $400 more for groceries and roughly $150 more for dining out next year, an annual food price report predicts.
Food prices will rise between 1.5 to 3.5 per cent in 2019, according to the report from researchers at the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University. That means the average family of four will spend $12,157 next year — up $411 from 2018.
Vegetables will see the biggest price jumps — between 4 and 6 per cent for the category, according to the report.
Meanwhile, meat and seafood prices are expected to fall, with the meat category to decline by 1 to 3 per cent and seafood costs to remain the same or fall up to 2 per cent.
Since 2015, the team has predicted prices in those two categories would rise as high as 6 per cent each year.
An annual reportp estimates the averageg Canadian familyy will pay about $400 more for groceries and roughly $150 more for dining out next year.