discover the 10 products that increased the most last week

An analysis by DECO Protest of the values ​​practiced reveals that the price of the basket of basic necessities “costs 206.35 euros this week, a slight decrease compared to the 206.39 euros that it cost a week ago (2 September), but plus 12.38% of what it cost on February 23, the day before the outbreak of the armed conflict in Ukraine”.

The consumer protection association monitors the prices of a basket of 63 essential food products each week, including products such as turkey, chicken, hake, horse mackerel, onions, potatoes, carrots, bananas, apples, oranges, rice, spaghetti, sugar. ., ham, milk, cheese and butter.

This week, over the period from September 1 to 8, “the ten products whose prices have increased the most are frozen peas (19%), zucchini (13%), cereals such as wheat, rice and oats (12%), ground coffee (9%), liquid strawberry yogurt (8%), red fish (7%), onion (7%), spiral pasta (6%), leaf lettuce (6 %) and, finally, crustless bread (5%) .

Looking at the period since February 23 of this year, DECO Protest points out that all categories of food products have recorded price increases, with “meat (17.46%) and fish (14.05% of more) being the ones that stand out the most, but dairy products (12.11%), fruits and vegetables (10.66%), groceries (9.72%) and frozen foods (4.47%) have also increased.

The ten products whose price increased the most between February 23 and September 8 are broccoli (41%), kale (32%), fresh hake (31%), whole chicken (31%), turkey steak (28%), 100% vegetable cooking oil (26%), Maria biscuits (25%), pork chops (24%), ground coffee (21%) and sea bream (20%).

The association explains that this increase is due to the fact that Portugal is “highly dependent on external markets to guarantee the supply of cereals necessary for internal consumption”, which “currently only represent 3.5% of national agricultural production. : mainly maize (56%)”. , wheat (19%) and rice (16%).

“And if at the beginning of the 1990s self-sufficiency in cereals was around 50%, currently the value does not exceed 19.4%, one of the lowest percentages in the world and which forces the country to import around 80% cereals he eats. », adds DECO.

The organization specifies that “the Russian invasion of Ukraine, where most of the cereals consumed in the European Union, and therefore in Portugal, come from, has come to put even more pressure on a sector that has been struggling for months. with the consequences of a pandemic and a drought”. with a strong impact on production and the constitution of stocks”.

“The limitation of the supply of raw materials and the increase in production costs, in particular energy, necessary for agro-food production, can therefore result in an increase in prices on international markets and, consequently , consumer prices,” he points out.

In addition, he points out, “consecutive increases in consumer prices, especially of products such as fuel and food, contribute to an increase in the rate of inflation”.

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