Food-at-home prices have risen 13.5% over the past year, the largest 12-month increase since March 1979, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for August. On a monthly basis, food at home prices increased 0.7%, compared to a 1.3% increase in July and 1.0% growth in June.

The six major food categories tracked by BLS each saw monthly increases in August. The CPI for other food at home — which includes sugars, fats and oils — rose 16.7% over the past 12 months, while cereal and baked goods increased 16.4%, pressured by the Ukraine war and poor growing conditions for wheat.


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