Av­er­age fam­ily to pay $400 more for gro­ceries next year, re­port es­ti­mates

StarMetro Toronto - - THE KIT - Alek­san­dra Sagan

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.

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NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

An an­nual re­portp es­ti­mates the av­er­ageg Cana­dian fam­i­lyy will pay about $400 more for gro­ceries and roughly $150 more for din­ing out next year.

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