13 Dec 2012

Cheaper vegetables push food index down

12:11 pm on 13 December 2012

Food prices have fallen in November as vegetables continue to get cheaper.

Statistics New Zealand's Food Price Index was 0.8% lower in November than the month before.

It is the third consecutive monthly fall in food prices reflecting seasonally cheaper vegetables.

Fruit and vegetables are down 4.4%, meat, poultry, and fish dropped 1.6% in price and grocery food fell 0.2%.

Of all the foods tracked, tomatoes fell the most in price, from an average of $8.29 a kilo in October to $4.52 in November.