Fresh vegetable prices rising, with B.C. leading country

Oct. 29. 2015

Behold the humble celery: so often slathered with Cheez Whiz or chopped into tuna salad, so seldom revered on its own.

Yet last year, the price of a kilo of crispy stalks went up a whopping 19 per cent, according to Statistics Canada, the highest year-over-year increase in the basket of retail food prices tracked by the agency.

Celery’s ascent is the tip of a larger trend. Fresh vegetable prices rose 11.5 per cent across Canada last year — much faster than meat, which increased 4.4 per cent.

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