Produce Price Inflation 

UK highest in almost six years 

British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed UK food prices have reached their highest ever rate of inflation in almost six years.

2018 brought extreme and versatile weather conditions and many concerns for future crop growth, harvesting wields and price inflation. The effects of last year’s unprecedented growing season has been well documented and the foreseen circumstances are now in effect.

The availability, price and quality of many fresh produce items have left much to be desired. Produce such as calabrese, tenderstem, celery, courgettes, aubergine, fennel, kohlrabi, flat parsley, iceberg, lettuce and fine beans have all been affected; in particular to this country onions and potato.

The BRC has reported increased rate inflations in several categories across the field including shop price, fresh food price, ambient food price and non-food price inflations. Food inflation as a whole has jumped from 2.5% in March from 1.6% in February and this is the highest inflation rate recorded since November 2013.

WestCountry are committed to keeping our valued customers up to date with essential produce news and you can find updates by contacting our dedicated sales team, your dedicated account manager and field sales executive, our latest buyers report, blog updates and social media posts.

Changes in the climate have implications for all elements of life. Cold, damp winters and hot dry summers will not only impact the environment but also society and the economy. Fortunately Cornwall recognizes its wider responsibilities and the need to contribute positively to national and international efforts to combat the sources of climate change and to help reduce its impact globally.