Food prices in New Zealand have risen 7.6% in the last year – the biggest increase in more than a decade. Stats NZs consumer prices manager Katrina Dewberry says the highest increase was in fruit and veges up a whopping 18% with cabbage, tomatoes, strawberries, and kumara leading the surge. Cabbages increased from $3.92 to $5.03 per kilogram in March .. that is 28% . Meat, poultry and fish rose 8.7% in the last year, while staples rose 6.7%. One kilo blocks of cheese jumped from $10.64 in March 2021 to $12.24 in March 2022 and two litre bottles of milk rose from $3.59 to $3.88. Stats NZ says the increase is the largest since 2011, after an increase in the GST rate from 12.5% to 15% in 2010. Meanwhile, restaurant meals and takeaways increased 5.1% and non-alcoholic beverage prices increased 2.7%. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark blames Foodstuffs and Woolworths for the sharp increase saying supermarkets are making profits at the expense of New Zealanders.