Food inflation brief – July 2021

This report gives an overview of food inflation dynamics, its associated causes and the cost of basic healthy eating for July 2021.

  • Inflation on food and non-alcoholic beverages for July 2021 was recorded at 6.7% (similar to June 2021), with an increasing trend observed from February 2021.

  • Oils / fats (+22.4% year-on-year) and meat (+9.4%) exhibited the most significant inflation among food categories.

  • Main driving forces of food inflation included adverse climatic conditions, high global commodity prices, exchange rate weakening, animal disease outbreaks and rising input costs.

  • The cost of the BFAP Thrifty Healthy Food Basket amounted to R2 932 in July 2021 for the reference family of 2 adults and 2 children.

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