The price of our basket of meat and fish rose this week by 0.9%, bringing it roughly in line with what it was at the beginning of the year.
After a substantial rise to mid-February, followed by two falls to a year-low price in April, the basket is now just 0.4% higher than in mid-January. Whole chicken accounted for the biggest price rise, up 4.5% on one month ago. Salmon steaks also rose in price, by 4.2%.
Beef prices are now higher than they were at the start of the year, with fresh lean beef steak mince costing 14.4% more now than in mid-January and fresh rump steak up 5.9% over the same period.
Andrew Garvey, marketing manager at Eblex, said it was important that any retail price rises found their way into cattle farmers’ pockets. Eblex figures show that the average price/kg of cattle at auction in England and Wales was 104p last week, up 2% on mid-February.Pricing data supplied by

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