Expect to pay more for food in 2019

According to a new report, 2019 will be rough on vegetarians and pretty good for the country's carnivores.

The 2019 Canada Food Price Report, a collaboration between Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and the University of Guelph in Ontario, suggests grocery prices will rise between one and six per cent next year, with an overall increase at about three and a half per cent.

The greatest hike will be in the produce aisle, where consumers are expected to pay between four and six per cent for vegetables.

One of the study's lead authors and Dalhousie professor Sylvain Charlebois said the anticipated increase can be linked to climate change, which has cause drier conditions in parts the United States and Mexico where Canada gets many of its vegetables.

A similar situation led to a massive spike in the price of cauliflower in 2016.

Other sections of the grocery store expected to cost more next year, dairy products and eggs (+0-2%), fruits and nuts (+1-3%), and bread (+1-3%).

If you try to escape the grocery store and want to head to the restaurant, your bill is expected to jump as well, between two and four per cent.

The only area not projected to see an increase is meat, fish and seafood.

The study suggests meat prices will actually drop, between one and three per cent, due to the belief Canadians will continue to reduce or phase out their meat consumption.

Charlebois said meat prices are expected to continue their drop until 2020.

Overall, the report said a family with a "healthy" food cart can expect to pay $411 more on food, increasing the average annual food budget to $12,150 in 2019.