New Zealand food prices rose in August, led by increases in prices for fruit and vegetables, and non-alcoholic beverages.
The food price index rose 0.1 per cent in August, for the fourth straight monthly gain, according to Statistics New Zealand.
Prices are down 0.5 per cent from the same month last year.
Fruit and vegetables rose 1.5 per cent, leading last month's increase, with tomatoes soaring 31 per cent. Non-alcoholic beverages climbed 1.3 per cent, reflecting higher prices for fruit juices and soft drinks.
Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices fell 0.1 per cent. Grocery food prices shed 0.7 per cent, the fifth fall in six months.
Meat, poultry and fish prices showed no change.
Annual food prices have fallen for four months in a row, which hasn't happened since 2010.