The basket of food staples used by pollster TNS Emor for its monthly food price survey cost 69.35 euros per person in February 2013, 3.74 euros or 5.2 percent more than in the same month a year ago.
Month on month, the food basket became 0.74 euros or 1.1 percent more expensive.
The biggest increases compared with February 2012 were recorded in the prices of vegetables and fruit, with unpackaged potatoes surging 48.3 percent and imported apples 28.6 percent. Significant increases took place also in eggs, 26.1 percent, and the Kodune staple brand of minced meat consisting half of pork and half of beef, which rose 17.5 percent, TNS Emor said on Friday.
The prices of only two foodstuffs declined year on year -- sugar by 10 percent and milk with 2.5 percent fat content by 4.5 percent.
The TNS Emor basket of grocery staples includes more than 50 dairy, meat, cereal and fish products, fruit and vegetables, and eggs and sugar.
Retail prices of the products are collected from 26 stores in major Estonian towns nine times a year and from 45 stores across Estonia two times a year. Prices are monitored in the largest retail chains whose proportion in the sample broadly reflects their market share.