16 Grocery Items That Just Broke New Price Records

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You probably will want to cross several things off your grocery list before the next time you head to the store — if you haven’t already.

Overall inflation increased by 8.3% between August 2021 and this August, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

But prices for grocery food items as a whole rose 13.5% during the same period — the largest 12-month increase since March 1979.

Prices for all six major grocery store food groups tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics also increased from July 2022 to August 2022.

Some specific grocery items within those six groups are jumping in price at a pace never seen before.

Following are the foods that broke new one-month or 12-month price records in August.

Flour and prepared flour mixes

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Latest 12-month price change: 23.3% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 2.2% increase

Fresh biscuits, rolls and muffins

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Latest 12-month price change: 17.1% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 1.2% increase

Crackers, bread and cracker products

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The good news is that this is one of several grocery categories on this list that saw a small month-over-month increase in August despite a record-breaking year-over-year increase.

Latest 12-month price change: 17.7% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 0.1% increase

Frozen and refrigerated bakery products, pies, tarts and turnovers

Refrigerated desserts at a grocery store
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Latest 12-month price change: 18.1% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 1.4% increase

Lunchmeats

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Fortunately, despite a record year-over-year price increase, a slight decline in price from July to August suggests lunchmeats won’t be breaking records for much longer.

Latest 12-month price change: 18.2% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 0.3% decrease

Other dairy and related products

Greek yogurt
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This category excludes milk, cheese, ice cream and products related to those items.

Latest 12-month price change: 20.0% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: None

Canned fruit

Canned apricots
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Latest 12-month price change: 16.6% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 3.4% increase

Frozen fruits and vegetables

Frozen foods
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Latest 12-month price change: 11.4% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 1.4% increase

Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices and drinks

Juice
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Latest 12-month price change: 13.4% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 1.1% increase

Candy and chewing gum

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Latest 12-month price change: 10.9% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 1.9% increase

Frozen and freeze-dried prepared foods

Frozen foods at Costco
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Latest 12-month price change: 18.5% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 1.5% increase

Snacks

pretzel
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Latest 12-month price change: 16.7% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 0.8% increase

Salt and other seasonings and spices

Spices at Costco
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Latest 12-month price change: 14.8% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 0.8% increase

Olives, pickles and relishes

Pickle jar
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Latest 12-month price change: 19.4% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 4% increase

Sauces and gravies

Cranberry sauce
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Latest 12-month price change: 17.6% increase (the largest such increase on record)

Latest one-month price change: 0.9%

Margarine

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Latest 12-month price change: 38.3% increase (While not a record, this was the largest 12-month increase for this grocery item since February 1975.)

Latest one-month price change: 7.3% increase (the largest such increase on record)