UK food inflation: Which items have increased in price?
High food prices are remaining in the UK with inflation at its third-highest level since the financial crisis put further strain on the British consumer.
Latest research from analytics firm Kantar has shown that groceries are rising in price by 17.2 per cent. At only two other points has the rate of grocery inflation been higher since the 2008 crash.
In previous research, analysis by Which? found food prices have doubled in the past year with with meat, vegetables, and yoghurt among the worst-affected products.
Jeremy Hunt is scheduled to meet food manufacturers on Tuesday to discuss the issue.
The Kantar research follows on from the Resolution Foundation announcing that food prices would continue to rise even as energy costs are set to fall.
Mr Hunt said: “High food prices are proving stubborn so we need to understand what’s driving that.
“That’s why I’m asking industry to work with us as we halve inflation, to help ease the pressure on household budgets.”
Which food items have doubled in price?
Morliny Frankfurters at Asda increased from an average of £1.25 to £2.42, a rise of 93.8 per cent, while four brown onions at Morrisons rose from 65p to £1.24, an increase of 90.8 per cent.
Lancashire Farm Natural Bio Yoghurt 1kg increased by 85.3 per cent, rising from £1.18 to £2.18. The price of Aberdoyle Dairies Natural Cottage Cheese 300g at Lidl increased by 100.9 per cent, from an average of 67p to £1.34.
Meanwhile, a 260g of own-brand salmon tails at Tesco went from £3 to £4.54, reflecting a rise of 51.4 per cent.
Which food items have increased the most in price?
Dairy products, particularly cheese, milk, and yoghurts, are among those that have increased the most, according to Which?
The following items are the food categories that have become more expensive, according to quarterly inflation to the end of April 2023.
Cheese – 25.4 per cent
Milk – 24.2 per cent
Yoghurts – 21.0 per cent
Butters and spreads – 23.5 per cent
Water – 19 per cent
Cakes and cookies – 19.0 per cent
Bakery – 20.2 per cent
Juice drinks and smoothies – 16.1 per cent
Crisps – 17.6 per cent
Biscuits – 17.1 per cent
Fish – 15.6 per cent
Savoury pies, pastries and quiches – 17.6 per cent
Cereals – 15.5 per cent
Vegetables – 14.6 per cent
Chocolate – 13.8 per cent
Meat – 14.3 per cent
Chilled ready meals – 13.8 per cent
Fizzy drinks – 12.5 per cent
Energy drinks – 10.3 per cent
Fresh fruit – 9.7 per cent
Which supermarkets have seen prices rise the most?
Which? found that Lidl and Aldi had seen the highest rates of inflation, rising by 24.9 per cent and 22.9 per cent respectively.
Morrisons’ annual inflation for one month to the end of April 2023 was 18.4 per cent, while Asda’s was 17.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s saw inflation rates of 14.7 per cent and Tesco saw rates of 14.5 per cent.
Waitrose and Ocado saw the lowest levels of inflation, at 13.1 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively.