Foodservice prices rise 5% in April as inflation pressures mount

New edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index highlights global challenges and forecasts more increases
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Food basket prices jumped in April to bring months of benign inflation to an abrupt end, the latest edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reports.


April’s month-on-month price increase of 5.3% reverses a trend of falling foodservice prices that began in September 2020. It follows warnings from the British Retail Consortium of rising food inflation due to shipping costs, additional border checks and high commodity prices. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Food Price Index has meanwhile reported a 39.7% year-on-year increase in global food prices.


The new edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reports falls in only three of its ten categories, with significant month-on-month increases in meat, fish, vegetables and oils and fats. It predicts food price inflation is likely to intensify in the coming months, as a result of factors including renewed restocking demand, production and distribution challenges and Brexit-related costs.

Shaun Allen, CEO of Prestige Purchasing, said: “We have been predicting the return of food price inflation for some time, and the April Index confirms that the upwards trend is now in motion and is likely to continue. Amongst many competing pressures operators must focus extra attention on the management of their supply chain now if serious margin damage is to be avoided.”

Leonie-Jade Leigh, client manager at CGA, said: “Signs of inflation are unwelcome at a time when the hospitality sector is just beginning the long road to recovery from COVID. International economic issues and micro supply and demand problems will pile more pressure on businesses that are already battling a wide range of challenges, and they will need to closely monitor inflation and find ways to mitigate it over the rest of 2021.”


For further information contact Leonie-Jade Leigh, CGA Client Manager


The exclusive Foodservice Price Index is jointly produced by Prestige Purchasing and CGA, using foodservice data drawn from 7.8m transactions per month. It contains myriad insights and information pertinent to the foodservice sector and is essential reading for anyone seeking to keep ahead of price trends and understand why they occur. More information on specific categories is available on a subscription basis. 

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