Special Report

20 Groceries Driving Up Your Food Bill the Most During Coronavirus

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15. Wine
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.04%

The price of wine climbed by 1.04% from January to February — far faster than the 0.27% inflation rate of all goods and services. Jumps in prices are often due to increased demand, and during the coronavirus pandemic, wine sales have spiked in the United States.

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14. Cheese and related products
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.14%

The price of cheese and related products increased by 1.14% from January to February 2020, one of the largest price increases among grocery products. This continues a trend of higher cheese price over the past year. The price of cheese and related products has increased rapidly since April 2019, outpacing inflation during that time.

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13. Fresh sweet rolls, coffeecakes, doughnuts
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.15%

The price of breakfast pastries like fresh sweet rolls, coffeecakes, and doughnuts has increased more than almost all other grocery items from January to February 2020, at 1.15%. Unlike most of the other items on this list, these foods have a relatively short shelf life.

12. Hair, dental, shaving, and miscellaneous personal care products
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.19%

Personal care products are the only non-food or drink item on this list. The prices of personal care items — such as shampoo, toothpaste, razors, and more — increased by 1.19% from January to February of 2020. This is over four times the 0.27% rate of inflation during that time.

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11. Uncooked beef roasts
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.23%

From January to February of this year, uncooked beef roasts have increased in price at more than four times the inflation rate of all goods and services. The increase in the price of this food item has also well outpaced inflation over the past decade, increasing in price by more than 52%, as all goods and services increased by nearly 20%.