You’ll be spending $345 more on groceries in 2016

The average Canadian household will spend $8,631 on food

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GUELPH, Ont. – A new report says the average household in Canada will spend $8,631 on groceries and restaurant meals next year, up by $345 because of food inflation.

The University of Guelph’s latest forecast estimates that food inflation could be between two and four per cent in 2016 — compared with 4.1 per cent this year.

The school’s Food Institute estimates food inflation in 2015 cost the average Canadian household an extra $325 this year.

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The Food Institute says a combination of factors are pushing up prices, including the impact of climate change and the high value of the American dollar, which increases the price of imports from the United States.

The latest Statistics Canada data shows overall consumer prices were up one per cent in the 12 months to October, with a decline in fuel prices offsetting increases in most other spending categories.

One comment on “You’ll be spending $345 more on groceries in 2016

  1. How is this measured? Could you link to the original study? I’ve heard this every year, but my own grocery bill has been going down for the past decade due to competition among grocery stores.

    In those global standard of living studies, they often use a set of grocery list often including 10 pounds of potatoes, a gallon of milk, a pound of cereals… It has been unhelpful to measure the standard of living because some countries don’t drink much milk or eat much potatoes. It would make Tokyo seem unlivable. But in fact, if you eat rice and natto for breakfast in Tokyo, it is cheaper than milk and cereal in New York.

    Shopping behavior changes when the price increase. My grocery bill has been down, but I have eaten far less beef and a lot more chicken. Beef prices soar 2-3 times in 5 years, but chicken has been cheapest in a decade. If Guelph report is using merely the current typical family grocery list or just all food prices across the board, it would be very unreliable. People will buy more cheaper things.

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