Kiwifruit prices hit record high

Kiwifruit prices were at an all-time high in December 2019, with prices for seasonal fruit and vegetables also up, Stats NZ said today.

“Kiwifruit prices rose 32 percent in December to a weighted average price of $8.27 per kilo, an all-time high,” acting consumer prices manager James Griffin said.

“This compares with $4.24 in December last year.”

The price rises for kiwifruit contributed to a 2.1 percent increase in overall fruit and vegetable prices in December.

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
January 6.49 5.89 4.9 6.35 5.32
February 6.54 5.83 5.84 6.7 5.97
March 6.68 6.27 6.26 6.87 6.34
April 5.17 5.19 5.96 5.79 5.22
May 2.96 2.72 3.64 3.5 3.01
June 2.45 2.31 2.73 2.58 2.51
July 2.48 2.1 2.55 2.37 2.47
August 2.61 2.19 2.86 2.37 2.64
September 2.63 2.48 3.25 2.51 2.87
October 3.04 2.74 3.42 2.73 3.74
November 4.28 3.16 4.22 3.32 6.25
December 5.2 3.65 5.55 4.24 8.27

Seasonal fruit and vegetables, in particular potatoes, apples, and onions, were the main contributors to the rise in fruit and vegetable prices between November and December. Here are their weighted average prices per kilo in December 2019:

  • potatoes – up 18 percent to $2.13
  • apples – up 16 percent to $3.80
  • onions – up 8.9 percent to $2.38.

Price rises for potatoes, apples, and onions are typical in December. These were partly offset by nectarine prices (down 24 percent) and lettuce prices (down 18 percent).

Offsetting fruit and vegetable prices, grocery food prices were down 1.0 percent in December 2019. Potato crisps (down 4.8 percent), and chocolate biscuits (down 6.5 percent) were the main drivers of this fall.

The fall in grocery food prices contributed to overall food prices decreasing 0.2 percent in December.

Takeaways drive rise in annual food prices

Prices for ready-to-eat foods were up 3.3 percent for the year ended December 2019, influenced by burgers and fried fish. This contributed to a 2.4 percent rise in overall food prices for the year.

In April 2019, the minimum wage rose from $16.50 to $17.70 an hour. Changes to the minimum wage tend to impact more on workers in the retail and food industries.

Ready-to-eat-food index
Dec-09 859.443631
Jan-10 863.103953
Feb-10 862.371889
Mar-10 867.49634
Apr-10 867.49634
May-10 870.424597
Jun-10 871.156662
Jul-10 873.352855
Aug-10 873.352855
Sep-10 871.156662
Oct-10 886.530015
Nov-10 893.118594
Dec-10 894.582723
Jan-11 901.171303
Feb-11 901.171303
Mar-11 902.635432
Apr-11 907.027818
May-11 904.831625
Jun-11 909.956076
Jul-11 909.956076
Aug-11 909.224012
Sep-11 910.688141
Oct-11 909.956076
Nov-11 915.812592
Dec-11 917.27672
Jan-12 920.204978
Feb-12 915.812592
Mar-12 915.812592
Apr-12 913.616398
May-12 918.008785
Jun-12 923.133236
Jul-12 920.937042
Aug-12 918.740849
Sep-12 920.937042
Oct-12 917.27672
Nov-12 917.27672
Dec-12 918.008785
Jan-13 919.472914
Feb-13 916.544656
Mar-13 919.472914
Apr-13 918.740849
May-13 920.937042
Jun-13 923.133236
Jul-13 920.204978
Aug-13 918.008785
Sep-13 928.989751
Oct-13 931.185944
Nov-13 927.525622
Dec-13 934.114202
Jan-14 936.310395
Feb-14 933.382138
Mar-14 938.506589
Apr-14 940.702782
May-14 941.434846
Jun-14 942.898975
Jul-14 942.898975
Aug-14 944.363104
Sep-14 945.095168
Oct-14 946.559297
Nov-14 949.487555
Dec-14 951.683748
Jan-15 952.415813
Feb-15 953.147877
Mar-15 955.34407
Apr-15 956.808199
May-15 959.736457
Jun-15 961.200586
Jul-15 962.664714
Aug-15 963.396779
Sep-15 964.860908
Oct-15 965.592972
Nov-15 967.789165
Dec-15 969.253294
Jan-16 970.717423
Feb-16 971.449488
Mar-16 972.913616
Apr-16 976.573939
May-16 976.573939
Jun-16 977.306003
Jul-16 980.234261
Aug-16 983.162518
Sep-16 986.090776
Oct-16 985.358712
Nov-16 986.82284
Dec-16 987.554905
Jan-17 989.751098
Feb-17 992.679356
Mar-17 994.143485
Apr-17 996.339678
May-17 997.803807
Jun-17 1000
Jul-17 999.267936
Aug-17 1004.392387
Sep-17 1005.124451
Oct-17 1007.320644
Nov-17 1009.516837
Dec-17 1012.445095
Jan-18 1013
Feb-18 1016
Mar-18 1017
Apr-18 1024
May-18 1029
Jun-18 1031
Jul-18 1036
Aug-18 1037
Sep-18 1040
Oct-18 1041
Nov-18 1042
Dec-18 1045
Jan-19 1046
Feb-19 1050
Mar-19 1052
Apr-19 1063
May-19 1067
Jun-19 1069
Jul-19 1068
Aug-19 1070
Sep-19 1072
Oct-19 1075
Nov-19 1078
Dec-19 1079

Meat, poultry, and fish prices were also up 4.2 percent for the year, mainly driven by preserved, prepared, and processed meats, in particular bacon, ham, and sausages. Here are their weighted average prices in December 2019:

  • bacon – $13.15 per 700 grams (up 20 percent for the year)
  • ham – $13.97 per kilo (up 14 percent for the year)
  • sausages – $10.72 per kilo (up 4.9 percent for the year).

“Price rises for preserved, prepared, and processed meats were offset by prices for chicken pieces, which were down 9.0 percent for the year,” Mr Griffin said.

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