According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food away from home were 5.62% higher in 2021 versus 2019 (a $1.12 difference in value).
Between 2019 and 2021: Food away from home experienced an average inflation rate of 2.77% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, food away from home costing $20 in the year 2019 would cost $21.12 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.15% during this same period, inflation for food away from home was higher.
In the year 2019: Pricing changed by 3.09%, which is above the average yearly change for food away from home during the 2019-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2019 (1.81%), inflation for food away from home was higher.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Food away from home:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Food away from home, over time, for $20 beginning in 2019. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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