USDA Says All Food Prices Will Increase in 2022—Especially for These 5 Foods

Get ready to pay higher prices for chicken, eggs, and more.

Get ready to spend more money at the grocery store. Per the newly updated March 2022 report on food prices from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "all food prices" are expected to increase in the coming months. More specifically, the report states that the cost of eating out will see an increase between 5.5 and 6.5 percent, while grocery prices are slated to jump between 3 and 4 percent in the remainder of 2022, adding to recent price increases that most consumers have already experienced. As the report points out, these increases, which will impact everything from meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy products to cereals and bakery items, are the highest they've been in decades.

Not surprisingly, and for various reasons, certain foods will see larger price increases than others. Topping the list with the largest increase compared to 2021 is beef and veal. While that category is now slated to see a 3.4 percent bump in 2022, beef and veal prices have risen a whopping 16.2 percent since last year.

Another category that's destined to see a big jump is poultry, which the USDA predicts will see a 6 to 7 percent increase in price this year. Similarly, eggs will see a 2.5 to 3.5 percent bump. "The impacts of the conflict in Ukraine and the recent increases in interest rates by the Federal Reserve are expected to put upward and downward pressures on food prices, respectively," the report states. "The situations will be closely monitored to assess the net impacts of these concurrent events on food prices as they unfold."

Keep reading to find out which other popular foods the USDA says will get even more expensive this year, and why.

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Fats and Oils

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Fats and oils prices are now predicted to increase between 6 and 7 percent this year, which means items like olive oil, canola oil, and shortening will gradually be getting more expensive. This adjustment follows "large price increases in January and February."

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If you frequently shop for frozen chicken, rotisserie chicken, or raw chicken parts to cook—think breasts, legs, or thighs—expect to see prices rise by an estimated 6 to 7 percent over the next few months. According to the USDA's report, one factor contributing to the rise of poultry prices is avian influenza, which will likely reduce the supply of American poultry while simultaneously limiting the international demand for it.

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Fresh Fruit

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After large price increases at the start of 2022, fresh fruit prices are now predicted to increase between 5 and 6 percent this year. Similarly, processed fruit and vegetable prices are predicted to increase between 4.5 and 5.5 percent.

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While you may see a plethora of plant-based milks, yogurts, and other dairy products on your trips to the grocery store, the USDA stated, "Rapid increases in the consumption of dairy products have driven increases in retail prices in recent months." Following a 1.6 percent increase in the prices for retail dairy products in February 2022, the USDA now predicts that dairy product prices will increase between a total of 4 and 5 percent in 2022.

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Though eggs won't see as big a price hike as poultry or dairy, we'd be remiss not to include this mealtime staple on this list, especially since consumers can still expect egg prices to rise between 2.5 and 3.5 percent. Similar to poultry, the reason for the increase is avian influenza.

Other Food Price Increases to Look Out For

If you have a sweet tooth, get ready to spend more money on your trips to the grocery store for the remainder of 2022. Sugar and sweets prices are predicted to increase between 3 and 4 percent, and the USDA notes that consumers will see an identical price jump for cereals and bakery products. The non-alcoholic beverage market, which has been flourishing in recent months, is also poised to take a hit with prices likely rising between 3.5 and 4.5 percent.

Interestingly enough, the USDA predicts that fresh vegetable prices will now see less of a price increase than previously forecast. The prices of items such as fresh broccoli, string beans, and bell peppers will likely see an increase between 1 and 2 percent—an adjustment downward from 1.5 to 2.5 percent.

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