WASHINGTON –The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor reported its latest December 2021 numbers.

The food at home index rose 6.5% over the past 12 months compared to a 1.5% annual increase over the last 10 years. In December, the consumer price index rose 7%.

Compared to 2020, the index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs was 12.5% over the entire year. However, from month to month, the index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs decreased 0.4% after rising at least 0.7% in each of the last seven months.

During December, poultry prices also ticked up 9.5%.  

The index for food away from home rose 6% over the last year. The index for limited-service meals increased 8%, and the index for full-service meals rose 6.6% over the same period.

Dairy and related products increased 1.6% in December, the smallest increase of all the grocery categories.