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High petrol prices may push up the cost of fresh food for consumers

The Master Grocers Association is warning that a rise in petrol and diesel prices could also lead to a rise in the price of fresh foods.

Unleaded petrol prices have risen from 138 cents per litre at the start of the year, to 157 cents per litre on average according to Western Australian Government fuel-monitoring site FuelWatch.

Jos de Bruin, CEO of the Master Grocers Association (MGA), which represents supermarkets like IGA, Foodworks and Foodland, said that as well as the general public paying more for fuel, the cost for delivery drivers has gone up too.

"As drivers experience massive increases in diesel prices, they are starting to pass these costs on to our member," Mr de Bruin said.

 

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(ABC NEWS: 25/10/18)