Local retailers say the current hike in the price of basic food items is as a result of international fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The retailers are reporting significant increases in the price of meats, canned proteins, detergents, and other commonly used household items.

General Manager of Grace Foods and Services, Tamara Thompson, says the price movements are attributable to supply chain challenges.

Chairman of Super Plus Foods, Wayne Chen, says the challenges on the international markets are primarily affecting the basic components of the Jamaican diet.

CEO of Derrimon Trading, Derrick Cotterell, is encouraging Jamaicans to eat more locally grown foods in response to the price increases being experienced.

The retailers were speaking last evening during Nationwide at 5 with Cliff Hughes and Tyrone Reid.

Meanwhile, the retailers say they do not predict prices returning to normal until the second half of next year.

CEO of Derrimon Trading, Derrick Cotterell, says he remains hopeful.

Mr. Cotterell was speaking last evening on Nationwide at 5.