If an event is greatly marking the final stretch of 2021, it is the continuous increase in electricity, butane and fuel prices . A complete increase in the cost of energy that is affecting the pocket of Spanish families, already with strong effects on other sectors. One in particular on food , the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has denounced that there are products that already accumulate an increase of more than 13% .
The closing of October has once again meant a rise in the prices of the main items in supermarkets. In addition, already relevant to the CPI , which has had an impact on bars and restaurants (2.5%), so far in 2021 the Consumer Price Index for food and non-alcoholic beverages has increased by 3%.
That is to say, a rise of 1.3% in the last 30 days to put staple foods on the wire due to its high cost. A fact that the OCU has been denouncing during all this time, due to the consequent negative effect it produces on vulnerable families and therefore it is more essential than ever to compare different establishments and brands when filling the shopping cart.
Fruit is almost 15% more expensive than in January 2021
Especially with fruit, these foods are the ones that have seen the most increase in the cost of electricity, butane and fuel directly affect their price. Up to 13.6% more a piece of fruit costs two months to close 2021 than at the beginning of the year, leading all negative rankings for this effect.
By region, Castilla-La Mancha leads the negative rankings with the highest rise in food prices
After fresh fruit, the OCU reviews eggs (4.5%), poultry (2.9%), milk (2.8%) and legumes and vegetables (2.8%) as the others products that have increased the most in these ten months.
In addition, there are also large differences by region with Castilla-La Mancha ( 6.1% ), Extremadura (5.9%), Aragón (5.6%) and Castilla y León (5.6%) leading the worst data in this increase on food prices.
Finally, the institution recalls that only potatoes, pork and dairy products have not been influenced by the increases, to once again highlight this unfair situation on consumers that leaves a general impoverishment of all families. “The OCU recommends, more than ever, to buy seasonal products,” the institution’s manifesto concludes in a clear attempt to promote an intake that involves lower production costs.