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15 Groceries That Just Broke New Price Records

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You probably will want to cross several things off your grocery list before the next time you head to the store — if you haven’t already.

Overall inflation increased by 8.6% between May 2021 and this May, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today.

That 12-month increase is the highest in more than 40 years: since December 1981. But the news is even worse for groceries.

Grocery prices as a whole rose 11.9% between May 2021 and May 2022 — the largest 12-month increase since 1979.

Prices for all six major grocery store food groups tracked by the BLS increased in May, relative to both one month ago and one year ago.

Some specific grocery items are jumping in price at a pace never seen before — and in many cases, it’s not the first time this year that they have broken all-time highs. Some have been breaking price records for a couple of months in a row now.

Following are the foods that broke new price records in May.

Frozen and freeze-dried prepared foods

Frozen foods at Costco
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Latest 12-month price increase: 15% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 0.8%

This category also broke a record in January, when it climbed 3.7% month over month.

Other dairy and related products

Greek yogurt
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This category excludes milk, cheese, ice cream and related products.

Latest 12-month price increase: 12.9%

Latest one-month price increase: 3.4% (the largest such increase on record)

Fresh fish and seafood

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Latest 12-month price increase: 13.1% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 2.2%

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 13% year over year, and in January, when it climbed 12.7% YOY.

Processed fish and seafood

Canned fish and seafood
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Latest 12-month price increase: 11.2% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 1.4%

Chicken

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As the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines it, this category includes fresh whole chicken as well as fresh and frozen chicken parts.

Latest 12-month price increase: 17.4% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 2.7%

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 16.4% year over year, and in March (13.4% YOY) and February (13.2% YOY).

Other uncooked poultry including turkey

Thanksgiving turkey
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This category excludes chicken.

Latest 12-month price increase: 13.1% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 2.9%

Lunchmeats

bagged lunch
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Latest 12-month price increase: 16.8 % (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 1.5%

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 14.4% year over year, and in March (12.7% YOY) and February (11% YOY).

Breakfast sausage and related products

Breakfast sausage and scrambled eggs
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Latest 12-month price increase: 16% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 2.7%

This category also broke a record in February, when it climbed 13.9% year over year.

Frozen and refrigerated bakery products, pies, tarts and turnovers

Refrigerated desserts at a grocery store
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Latest 12-month price increase: 14.6% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 1.7%

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 13.3% year over year.

Other sweets

Gelatin desserts, aka Jello
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This category excludes candy and chewing gum.

Latest 12-month price increase: 12.7% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 2.3%

Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies

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As the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines it, this category includes cookies as well as fresh cakes and cupcakes.

Latest 12-month price increase: 11.8%

Latest one-month price increase: 3.1% (the largest such increase on record)

This category also broke a record in January, when it climbed 2.4% month over month.

Prepared salads

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Latest 12-month price increase: 11.5% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 3.6% (the largest such increase on record)

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 9.3% year over year, and in March, when it climbed 8.7% YOY.

Beverage materials including coffee and tea

Starbucks coffee at Costco
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As the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines it, this category includes roasted and instant coffee as well as other beverage materials, such as tea.

Latest 12-month price increase: 12.4% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 1.6%

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 11.1% year over year and 2.2% month over month.

Juices and nonalcoholic drinks

Juice
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This category includes carbonated drinks, frozen noncarbonated juices and drinks, and nonfrozen noncarbonated juices and drinks.

Latest 12-month price increase: 11.8% (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 1.8%

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 9.2% year over year, and in March, when it climbed 7.6% YOY.

Soups

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Latest 12-month price increase: 13.9 % (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price increase: 0.4%

This category also broke a record in April, when it climbed 13.1% year over year, and in February, when it climbed 3.9% month over month.

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