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The cost of fruit and vegetables has risen almost 8% in the past 12 months, latest statistics show.
And the average food grocery bill has climbed nationally 2.2%, New Zealand Statistics says.
Pleasant Point mother Sophie Lloyd, pictured shopping with daughter Elsie (4), is one of many South Canterbury shoppers who say they have noticed an increase in prices.
This week The Courier has explored the price of food in the region and spoken to specialist suppliers, a family and a nutritionist, and talked to the Salvation Army about the effect it is seeing on families struggling to make ends meet.