Food Inflation Coming Down – Eventually

Dec. 2, 2022
Commodity prices are falling, but this has yet to show up at supermarkets.

Food inflation looks like it’s on the way down, but it will probably take a while for prices in supermarkets to start coming back down, according to observers in agriculture and retail.

The United Nations’ Food Price Index dropped in November, according to data released Dec. 2. It was the eighth straight month of decline, after a spike that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It reflected drops in the prices of grains, edible oils and other commodities.

The CEO of Kroger told analysts that he expects food inflation to fall, but that there will be a lag until Kroger shoppers start to see lower prices. He said that inflation is already starting to slow with fresh food like meat and produce, but that with packaged food, some processors prefer raising prices to trying to sell more units.

Food inflation is still raging at the retail level, with prices hitting an all-time high in October. Experts say that lower commodity prices normally take three to six months to filter through to retail, and that uncertainty about supplies of grains and other necessities make it even harder to pass along lower prices.

About the Author

Pan Demetrakakes | Senior Editor

Pan has written about the food and beverage industry for more than 25 years. His areas of coverage have included formulations, processing, packaging, marketing and retailing. Pan worked for Food Processing Magazine for six years in the 1990s, where he was operations editor (his current role), touring dozens of food plants of every description. He has also worked for Packaging and Food & Beverage Packaging magazines, the latter as chief editor, during which he won three ASBPE awards. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in communications.

Sponsored Recommendations

Troubleshoot: Grittiness in gluten free cookies

Learn how to adjust gluten free cookie recipes for a softer texture.

Clabber Girl: Rising Success

Uncover how Clabber Girl Corporation achieved a remarkable 7% growth and improved manufacturing efficiency by seamlessly integrating Vicinity's batch manufacturing solution with...

Intelligent Blends: Taking Technology to the Next Level

Find out how our friends at Intelligent Blends use VicinityFood and Microsoft Dynamics GP to produce the best coffee around.

Key ingredient: Mother Murphy's Laboratories

Flavorings manufacturer Mother Murphy’s Laboratories integrates front office with production facility — improving operations from initial order to final invoice.