As inflation ticks up in Canada, here is how much food prices went up in April

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TORONTO, ON - May 12 - A selection of vegetables are pictured at a Metro grocery store in the YongeEglinton area in Toronto.  Lance McMillan/Toronto Star May-12-2023 (Lance McMillan/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Overall food prices increased 8.3 per cent in April, according to Statistics Canada. (Lance McMillan/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Food prices in Canada remained elevated in April, even as price growth slowed in restaurants and grocery stores.

According to Statistics Canada’s latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, food prices, which include groceries and food from restaurants, increased 8.3 per cent in April. That’s down from the 8.9 per cent year-over-year increase posted in March. Restaurant prices increased 6.4 per cent, a slowdown from the 7.2 per cent increase in March.

The price of food purchased from grocery stores increased 9.1 per cent, a drop from 9.7 per cent in March, “with the slowdown stemming from smaller prices increasing for fresh vegetables and coffee and tea,” Statistics Canada said in a release. However, the data agency noted that the deceleration was moderated by increasing the cost of fresh fruit.

Here’s a list of the year-over-year price increases in April for food from Canadian grocery stores. The figures in brackets are the year-over-year price increases recorded in March.

Meat: +6.7 per cent (+6.6 per cent)

Dairy products: +6.8 per cent (+7.3 per cent)

Cheese: +4.6 per cent (+4.9 per cent)

Bakery products: +14.3 per cent (+14.2 per cent)

Fresh fruit: +8.3 per cent (+7.1 per cent)

Apples: +15.4 per cent (+15.8 per cent)

Oranges: +12 per cent (+5.1 per cent)

Fresh vegetables: +8.8 per cent (+10.8 per cent)

Lettuce: -3.3 per cent (+8 per cent)

Tomatoes: +11.9 per cent (+10.9 per cent)

Potatoes: +14.2 per cent (+11.4 per cent)

Eggs: +8.6 per cent (+11.8 per cent)

Fresh milk: +6.4 per cent (+6.7 per cent)

Pasta products: +17.7 per cent (+14.2 per cent)

Frozen food preparations: +16.2 per cent (+14 per cent)

Fresh or frozen poultry: +10.4 per cent (+10 per cent)

Processed meat: +6.9 per cent (+6.3 per cent)

Coffee and tea: +6.4 per cent (+11.1 per cent)

Edible fats and oils: +21.1 per cent (+19.3 per cent)

Condiments, spices and vinegars: +9.7 per cent (+11 per cent)

Alicja Siekierska is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow her on Twitter @alicjawithaj.

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