[13 May/The Country]

Prices of chocolate and ice-cream hit record highs in April. The average price for a 2 litre tub of ice cream reached a record $6.36 in April versus $5.54 a year earlier. Overall New Zealand food prices rose an annual 1 percent in April. The 1 per cent annual rise in food prices followed a 1.2 per cent annual rise in March. Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food increased 3.2 per cent on the year in April and were up 0.9 per cent versus March. Statistics NZ report this rise coincides with the $1.20 increase in minimum wage from 01 April.