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Food basket increased 45 euros in one year

A report by DECO Proteste reveals that in the space of a year, a food basket with 63 essential products went from 184 to 229 euros. This means that the same basket is today 45 euros more expensive

In an analysis of price variation between February 23, 2022 (the day before the war) and February 15, 2023, the Associação Portuguesa para a Defesa do Consumidor (Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection) came to the conclusion that almost all of the products analyzed increased, and many of them, quite significantly.


According to DECO Proteste, these are the products that increased more than 47%:

Preço médio atual | Aumento

1. Tomato pulp 1,63€+ 0,74€ | + 83%

2. Carolino Rice 1,97€+ 0,83€ | + 73%

3. Carapau 5,70€/kg+ 2,38€ | + 72%

4. Curly leaf lettuce 1,78€/kg+ 0,74€ | + 71%

5. Alface frisada 3,42€/kg+ 1,37€ | + 67%

6. Fresh hake 10,03€/kg+ 4,01€ | + 66%

7. white sugar 1,69€+ 0,58€ | + 52%

8. Olive oil 6,94€+ 2,29€ | + 49%

9. Onion 1,56€/kg+ 0,51€ | + 49%

10. Carrot 1,13€/kg+ 0,36€ | + 47%

Overall, fish costs, on average, 27% more than a year ago. And there are paradigmatic examples in terms of increase: a kilo of horse mackerel costs 2.38€ more (an increase of 72%) and a kilo of fresh hake costs 4€ more (representing an increase of 66%).

In meat, the increases are higher than 22% in most of the products analyzed, being the turkey steak and whole chicken, the products whose increases stand out: a kilo of turkey steak costs today € 1.89 more than a year ago (an increase of 31.53%); and the whole chicken € 0.61 more per kilo

Frozen foods increased 13%. In this category, the price of fish sticks stands out (20.37% more than a year ago), now costing 5.73 euros per package.

Milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt liquid products have increased by an average of 27% and a typical basket of 14 fruits and vegetables now costs almost 30 euros, 25% more than a year ago.

DECO Proteste warns that food prices are not keeping up with the decline in the inflation rate, which has been observed for three months now, and calls for more transparency. It also calls on the government to adopt a more active role in monitoring price trends, both in terms of legislation and in terms of monitoring, especially through the ASAE.


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