Cheaper tomatoes pull NZ food prices down

New Zealand tomato prices plummeted from $12 to $6 a kilogram in November, although they still cost much more than a year ago. According to data from Stats NZ, overall food prices fell 0.6 per cent in November compared with the previous month, mainly influenced by lower prices for tomatoes. Tomato prices fell 49 per cent to an average of $6.16 a kilo last month, down from $12.04 in October.

However, the November price was 54 per cent higher than a year ago, when tomatoes had an average price of $3.99 a kilo. Monthly fruit and vegetable prices fell 6.7 per cent in November. As well as lower tomato prices, there were lower prices for broccoli, strawberries and potatoes.


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