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20 Groceries Driving Up Your Food Bill the Most During Coronavirus

5. Pork chops
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 2.37%

The price of pork chops jumped by 2.37% from January to February 2020, one of the highest price increases of any food item. Since peaking in 2014, the increase in pork chop prices has been well below the consumer price index since mid-2016. Pork chops have increased in price by less than 9.9% since February 2010, while all items have increased 19.3%.

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4. Soups
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 2.43%

While inflation has been fairly stable since 2010, the cost of soup tended to ebb and flow with the seasons. Soup prices typically peak in July and hit a trough in December. The 2.43% price increase for soup from January to February appears to be a continuation of that trend.

3. Ham
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 2.55%

Ham prices increased by 2.55% from January to February of 2020, nearly 10 times the increase in prices across all goods in America during the same time. Ham is one of three meat products to have among the largest percentage increases in price during that span.

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2. Baby food
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 3.68%

The price of baby food increased by 3.68% in February compared to January — one of the highest price increases among all groceries. Over the past decade, baby food has increased in price by 22.5%, well above the increase of 19.3% across all items during that time.

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1. Peanut butter
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 4.16%

No grocery item has increased in price between January and February 2020 more than peanut butter. A shelf-stable product, peanut butter’s 4.16% price increase is more than 15 times the price increase of 0.27% across all goods and services.

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