Some relief in grocery prices

RELIEF at last!

Well, if you're a mass milk-drinker, that is.

As of the start of the week, consumers have been making a modest saving on milk, thanks to the abolition of the Dairy Adjustment Levy.

This means that despite drought and an increase in demand, milk prices have dropped by about 11 cents per litre.

So we thought it was time to re-visit our 'Grocery Watch'.

The Coffs Coast Advocate has been keeping tabs on grocery prices for the past 12 months, regularly reporting on the prices of staple foods.

In that time we've seen a jump mainly in the price of meats like lamb and beef - while most things have remained pretty constant.

And so it's not surprising that's what we see this time, too. Lamb has increased by a massive $4.54 a kilogram since August in 2008, while regular beef mince has dropped by $1.21. And milk has dropped by 12 cents.

All prices are taken from Woolworths, Park Avenue, yesterday and are compared with prices taken from the same place in August, 2008.

SHOPPING BASKET

POTATOES: loose, $1.86/kg (-$1.12)

CARROTS: $1.27/kg (-2c)

ONIONS: loose, $2.98 (no change)

APPLES: Granny Smith $5.97 (+$1.99)

ORANGES: Valencia $3.98 (no change)

CHICKEN: breast $10.96 (-$1)

LAMB: loin chops $21.49 (+$4.54)

BEEF: mince, reg $8.78 (-$1.21)

MILK: Norco, 2lt $3.27 (-12c)

BREAD: Sunblest white $3.79 (no change)

BUTTER: Western Star 250g $2.19 (no change)

EGGS: Pace Farm cage $4.10 (+$2.01)



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