Price-conscious shoppers are noticing price hikes for many grocery staples this year, particularly leafy greens such as lettuce along with dairy products and meat, Newshub reports. It comes as food prices jumped 2.7% over January – the biggest monthly jump in five years. Fruit and veggie prices rose 9.9%, milk, cheese and eggs rose by 9.4% and meat, poultry and fish prices by 3.6%. A Countdown spokesperson said due to several adverse weather events, supply is “significantly down”.