Consumers are paying up to 59% more for basic grocery items at the supermarket than they were three years ago, new statistics have revealed. The price of staples such as bread and eggs increased by 18% and tea is up 30%, according to figures compiled by price comparison website The cost of rice has increased by 59% since 2007. It also became increasingly costly to buy meat, with the overall price of products rising by 10%. However, there are variations, with the cost of bacon increasing by 9% but the price of chicken and turkey dropping by 6%.