Food prices jumped last month in American supermarkets but fell worldwide, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic, according to statistics from the federal government and the United Nations.
Food prices rose 1.5% in April over March, and prices for food consumed at home went up 2.6%, according to the Consumer Price Index put out by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This compares to month-over-month increases of no more than 0.5% for each of the last six months.
The highest increases were seen in animal proteins (meat, poultry, fish and eggs), at 4.3%, with eggs alone going up 16%. Cereals and bakery products went up 2.6%, the largest monthly increase ever