Prices of everyday food items such as pasta, flour, oil and meat are rising across France, with data showing increases in these and other common items of 2.89 % in April over one year.
This shows a marked uptick from increases of 0.58% in February and 1.49% in March.
The figure of 2.89% applies to the price of the main products purchased in supermarkets and hypermarkets, such as food, hygiene and cleaning articles, as calculated by the institute for the study of the consumption, IRI, May 3.
The rise in food prices alone reached 3.01%.
Emily Mayer, FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Product Specialist at IRI, said: “Rising prices are currently affecting more than 90% of FMCG categories and are reaching very high levels on more and more products.
The top 10 products whose prices increased the most (from April 2021 to April 2022)
- Pasta: an increase of 15.31%
- Frozen meat: 11.33%
- Flour: 10.93%
- Oils: 9.98%
- Mustard: 9.26%
- Roasted coffee: 8.16%
- Dried fruits: 8.16%
- Ground meat: 7.91%
- Pasta dishes: 7.67%
- Cereals and semolina: 7.47%
Brands and supermarkets
In the report, IRI said, “This net increase is visible across all brand types. »
- National brand prices: 2.64%
- Private Label: 3.32%
- Premium brands: 6.6%
The results are also similar in the different types of supermarkets.
- Drive-in: 2.47%
- Supermarkets: 2.87%
- Hypermarkets: 2.90%
- Convenience stores: 3.02%
- Discount stores: 3.32%
Drops for some
On the other hand, a few products saw their prices fall in April, over one year.
- Aniseed aperitifs (-2.87%)
- Laundry products (-2.28%)
- Diapers (-1.56%)
- Cooked Ham (-1.32%)
- Childcare products (-0.82%)
However, the IRI predicts that prices will continue to rise overall over the coming months.
Ms Mayer said: “With the reopening of negotiations on certain products in the coming weeks, inflation could reach up to 5% in supermarkets at the start of the summer, a level not seen since 2008.”
Rising prices prompted some supermarkets to take action, including giant E. Leclerc, which announced it would limit inflation costs on 120 daily consumer items from May 4 to July 31.
Similarly, during his recent election campaign, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to create a food voucher to help low-income families afford a wider variety of food products.