With more and more Americans relying on food pantries, it’s not surprising that grocery stores are starting to take advantage of the new gold-colored packaging.
But it’s the new packaging that is attracting a lot of attention right now.
A new report by The Associated Press and FoodNavigator shows that shoppers in the United States are paying nearly twice as much for grocery items than the same items in 2014.
The AP analysis of data from Nielsen shows that consumers in the country spent $8.5 billion on groceries last year, up from $5.5 in 2014 and $3.6 in 2013.
The report said that shoppers spent an average of $8 per item in grocery stores last year.
It’s a significant jump from the $5 per item average spent in 2014, when grocery prices were high.
The AP said the price difference in 2015 was $2.5 per meal.
A spokeswoman for the National Grocers Association said that consumers are paying more because they’re shopping at a discount and they’re also buying less than they did in 2014 because they are buying fewer items.
In addition, more people are getting groceries online, which makes it easier for shoppers to get more products.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re saving money, the spokeswoman said.
There are still plenty of factors that can affect a consumer’s grocery bill, like how much a package costs and how much it costs to store the product.
The cost of groceries can vary widely, and people are often surprised to see the exact same grocery price that they paid for years, she said.