Grocery retail prices in Hong Kong have surged 10% from pre-pandemic levels, while canned food is at least 30% more expensive, according to a survey conducted by the Consumer Council.
The survey was based on the costs of 80 grocery items across 15 selected groups through its ‘Online Price Watch’ tool which found that 4 items with the largest price increase happened to be canned food items. The items were scanned in 3 major supermarkets in the territory namely Park n Shop, Wellcome and AEON.
Canned vegetables and fruits saw the highest increase at 39% in the first quarter of 2023 as compared with the same period in 2019 prior to the pandemic. Meanwhile, canned soups and fish also recorded a 35% and 32.6% increase respectively.