Here’s how much more Canadians will likely spend on groceries in 2019
By Erica Alini and Leslie Young, Global News (Canada)
Dec 4, 2018
The average Canadian family is going to spend $411 more next year to fill the grocery cart, according to a report released on Tuesday by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.
Overall, food prices are projected to rise between 1.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent, the study indicated.
Leading the increase will be vegetables, with prices likely to climb between four per cent and six per cent. The return of El Niño next year will likely bring heavier rainfall to South America and certain parts of Asia, but North America’s crops might suffer from drier weather, the report said.
“In Canada we’re reliant on the U.S. and Mexico for a lot of the vegetables that we need,” said report co-author Simon Somogyi, who holds the Arrell chair in the business of food at the University of Guelph. “Much of those vegetables come from California. We’re expecting to move from a La Niña to an El Niño weather pattern, which means drier conditions, particularly in California.”
He also thinks that increased demand for vegetables might contribute to higher prices.
But if Canadians will likely have to spend more on the likes of tomatoes and leafy greens next year, they will probably save at the butcher’s.
For the first time in its nine-year history, the report is predicting that both meat and seafood will be cheaper.
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