Data from the United States forecasts that the price of food-at-home will continue to increase between 7% and 8% for the rest of 2022.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the food that has become the most expensive in recent months when compared to previous prices, is eggs.
Between March and April of this year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said the average price of a dozen eggs in the US jumped from $2.05 (£1.64) to $2.52 (£2.10), or 23%; and that figure only reflects the average.
Some outlets have reported a single carton going for as high as $3 (£2.40) or more in some parts of the country. For reference, in December 2021, the average cost for a dozen eggs was just $1.79 (£1.43), which means the cost has nearly doubled.
In addition to labour and transportation shortages impacting all food prices, the egg industry is experiencing its own challenges that are driving up costs at every level of production, from the raising of hens to the cost of packaging.
The price of chicken feed has gone up, which accounts for more than 60% of the costs associated with raising egg-laying hens. As a result, some farmers have reduced their flock in an effort to curb feeling the effects of the increase, which in turn, has resulted in a smaller output of eggs.