Prices: These foods have become cheaper

Inflation can now also be felt at the supermarket checkout. The price increase for tomatoes, cucumbers, butter, flour and oil is particularly clear. Everything has recently become more expensive – with a few exceptions, as the consumer price index of the Federal Statistical Office shows.

This includes, for example, some vegetables from Germany that are in season and want to be sold. But many durable foods such as oatmeal and instant soup are not affected by the price increase.
We give an overview of which things have recently become even cheaper than in the previous year (as of April 8th, 2022, figures for February 2022).

Prices fall: These foods are becoming cheaper

Seasonal Vegetables

• Carrots: 13.6 percent cheaper
• Lamb’s lettuce, leeks and celery: 8.7 percent cheaper
Other seasonal vegetables have remained about the same in price, such as cauliflower and other cabbages, onions and garlic. The German Fruit Trade Association uses the AMI consumer price index. For March 2022, he even states an average price drop of 13.9 percent for root and bulb vegetables compared to the previous year.
• Almonds: 4.4 percent cheaper
• Buttermilk, milk drinks: 3.5 percent cheaper
• Sweetener: 2.3 percent cheaper


• Grapes: 2.5 percent cheaper
• Kiwis, melons: 0.4 percent cheaper
• Peaches, cherries (stone and pome fruit): 0.3 percent cheaper
• In March 2022, according to the AMI consumer price index, citrus fruits are said to have been 9.8 percent cheaper than at the same time in the previous year. Pome fruit cost an average of 2.6 percent less.


• Bag soup, broth: 1.7 percent cheaper
• Frozen seafood: 1.6 percent cheaper
• Pasta ready meals: 1.4 percent cheaper
• Multivitamin juice: 1.2 percent cheaper
• Other popular fruit juices cost around the same as a year ago, such as apple juice and orange juice (up 0.3 percent).
• Baking mixes for cakes: 0.8 percent cheaper
• Oatmeal: 0.7 percent cheaper

Source: Federal Statistical Office, rate of change compared to the same month last year, as of April 8th, 2022)

Inflation in the supermarket: How do consumers avoid the price shock?

meat and fish

Meat and fish is more expensive overall, especially beef and fresh fish. Only frozen seafood has become cheaper. The price increase for long-life products such as salami, canned sausages or raw ham (up to 1 percent more expensive) was hardly noticeable. It is also low for game (1.2 percent more) compared to beef (12 percent more) or ground beef (10.8 percent more expensive).

milk, eggs, butter, cheese

Almost everything has become more expensive here. Consumers notice the jump in prices for butter, margarine and eggs most clearly, but the prices for quark, yoghurt, cream and milk have also risen. Only buttermilk and other milk drinks have become cheaper. The prices for cream cheese and hard cheese rose moderately by 3 to 4 percent.

sweets and pastries

Confectionery has hardly become more expensive overall. Sweets, gummy bears and chocolate bars cost about the same as last year. And even for muffins, waffles, chocolate spread or ice cream, the price is only 0.5 percent higher than in the previous year.

frozen and canned goods

Some of the frozen products have not risen as much in price as the fresh alternatives – but this does not apply to fruit and sometimes also pastries. Frozen fruit has even become more than 20 percent more expensive. It varies with canned goods, but especially canned peas and other vegetables have become significantly more expensive at around 15 percent.

Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by

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