Authorization

Extreme weather set to push up food prices

By Katerina Vittozzi, Sky News reporter
Household food bills are set to rise by an estimated ?7.15 a month as a result of the UK's extreme weather, research suggests.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) say 2018's scorching summer - and the cold, wet winter that preceded it - has affected domestic farming yields, which in turn will have an impact on prices.
A range of British-grown fruit and vegetables will be more expensive, with wholesalers already paying nearly double for some staple items.
Extreme weather set to push up food prices

Image:
The wholesale price of wheat for bread is up by 20%, the CEBR says
Since March 2018, the CEBR says::: The wholesale price of carrots is up by 80%
:: The wholesale price of onions is up by 41%
:: The wholesale price of lettuce is up by 61%
:: The wholesale price of wheat for bread is up by 20%The farm gate price of butter has also risen by 24% since the start of the year because the hot weather has dried up grass pasture which is critical to feed dairy herds.Meat, including sausages and bacon, are also likely to be affected.
The hot weather has affected pig fertility and piglets are now 8% more expensive, the research shows.
Extreme weather set to push up food prices

Image:
The hot weather has seen pig fertility fall
Although supermarkets can often cushion the blow to consumers in the short-term, the price rises this year are so significant that the CEBR is warning consumers to brace themselves for a 5% rise in their weekly shop.It said: "Summer 2018 has been one of the warmest in living memory, with above average temperatures recorded since April and dry spells lasting more than 50 days in parts of the country."While this has made Britain's weather more conducive to barbecuing, it looks set to raise the price of the food on the grill and the drink in hand."
More from UK

Solihull double murder: Police carry out raid in manhunt


Primark evacuated after 'devastating' fire at Belfast store


Father denies carrying out acid attack on son, 3, in Worcester


Egypt hotel deaths: Official confirms 'strange odour' in John and Susan Cooper room


N Ireland political stalemate reaches record 589 days and matches Belgium record


Super recogniser squad tracks Skripal novichok attackers

The knock-on effect of the extreme weather is likely to last longer than the heatwave itself.Government research shows that it can take up to 18 months for wholesale price rises to be fully felt by consumers, with the CEBR warning "while the worst of heat may have passed, the cost to consumers looks set to climb".
See also:
Leave a comment
News
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Ноябрь 2018    »
ПнВтСрЧтПтСбВс
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930