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Banana prices spike to record high
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  13 September 2016

Food Price Index: August 2016  –  Media Release

Food prices rose 1.3 percent in August 2016, partly influenced by record high banana prices, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Banana prices spiked 22 percent from July, to $3.51 per kilo. The previous peak was $3.23, in March this year.

"Banana prices were at their highest since the series began in 1949, reflecting a supply shortage from Ecuador. Over the last three years, Ecuador has overtaken the Philippines as the main supplier of bananas to New Zealand," consumer prices manager Matt Haigh said today. "Kiwi households spend an average of $88 a year on bananas, making them the most popular fruit."

Seasonally adjusted fruit prices rose 3.2 percent, as the rise in banana prices was partly offset by lower prices for avocados (down 25 percent).

Seasonally adjusted vegetable prices rose 2.1 percent as winter price rises were higher than usual this month. Unadjusted vegetable prices rose 8.9 percent, influenced by higher prices for tomatoes (up 41 percent), lettuce (up 7.8 percent), and cabbage (up 57 percent). This was partly offset by lower prices for cucumber (down 26 percent).

Prices for grocery foods rose 0.7 percent, with higher prices for snack foods, cheese, and confectionery products. Cheese prices have rebounded with a 3.0 percent rise following a consistent drop in prices over the last three months.

Chicken prices fell 4.6 percent in August to their lowest level since August 2007. The average price for a kilo of chicken breast was $14.12 compared with $14.44 per kilo in July and $15.73 a year ago.

Overall food prices increased 0.5 percent in the year to August 2016.

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For media enquiries contact: Matthew Haigh, Wellington 04 931 4862, info@stats.govt.nz
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 13 September 2016

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