Food Prices Surge | Concern Intensifies | ELLEN’S BLOG

Food Prices Surge | Concern Intensifies | ELLEN’S BLOG

Posted by: on Friday March 15, 2024

Discover the latest updates on food, nutrition, and health in our regular blog. Stay informed with latest news that covers a wide range of topics important to the well-being of the audiences you reach. In today’s post, delve into the current insights on the cost of food and its impact on health.

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Trends indicate that high food prices will continue to impact healthy eating


As 2024 begins, the public continues to be concerned about high food prices and healthy eating. Trends indicate this will continue for some time. These current trends suggest that challenges are likely to persist for the foreseeable future. High food prices can impact individuals and families, leading to financial strain and potentially compromising their ability to access nutritious foods. This can, in turn, affect overall health and well-being.

Healthy eating is crucial for maintaining good health and preventing chronic diseases. As the public grapples with rising food costs, finding ways to prioritize nutritious options within budget constraints becomes increasingly important. Education on affordable healthy eating, meal planning, and making informed food choices can play a significant role in addressing these concerns. Additionally, supporting local food systems, growing food at home, and advocating for policies that promote food affordability and accessibility are avenues that communities can explore to navigate the challenges posed by high food prices while still prioritizing health and wellness.


On average prices are 19% higher: consumers are pushing back by turning to private labels and some lower-income consumers are not going to McDonald’s. Private labels have become a more favorable purchase with regard to price and taste; they are more available at grocers and increasingly, at c-stores.

 Mc Donald's restaurant with mc cafe sign photo by Colin Temple
McDonald’s among several restaurants raising prices.

What can be done about higher food prices? Today Explained’s podcast episode, March 4, 2023 (25 minutes) looks at some ways high grocery food prices can be addressed including reducing slotting fees which adversely affects smaller grocers, SNAP benefits and more.

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Higher food prices need to be addressed, but how?

Bill introduced to address shrinkflation (smaller packages while paying more). The bill would give the FTC and state attorneys the authority to crack down on companies. The bill also would require warning labels when the size or weight of a product is reduced but the price remains the same.

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Talks of cracking down on companies to address shrinkflation

Loyalty programs now found in more full-service restaurants: why is this important? These programs are one strategy to encourage consumers to buy more.

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Loyalty rewards spark more spending

FDA to allow health claim about type 2 diabetes on yogurt pointing to limited evidence. The FDA also mentions their concerned about added sugars in yogurt yet approved this health claim.

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FDA claims yogurt reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, despite added sugar

Cigna Healthcare members get discount on Hello Fresh meals. This is another example of how healthcare is partnering with others to offer food benefits to members as mentioned in the article.

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Cigna and Hello Fresh team up to offer special discounts

Pesticide found in a majority in oat-based foods. The pesticide is not approved for use in the U.S. at this time but may be appearing due to oats imported from other countries which use the pesticide.

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Imported oats contain pesticides not approved by the U.S.