Food prices: Supermarket favourites which have soared in cost of living crisis
The scale of price rises of Britain’s best-known brands is laid bare by research out today.
Comparison website Trolley.co.uk has tracked the cost of nearly 24,500 products sold in supermarkets.
Its new Grocery Price Index found the average rise across a raft of items is 1.6% in 12 months.
However, that masks much larger rises for many individual products.
For example, a jar of Dolmio bolognese sauce has jumped by more than 15% since last February.
Kellogg’s Variety Pack cereal and a jar of Nescafe Original instant coffee are up almost as much.
Some items only went up a few pence, such as Kingsmill soft white medium loaf. But that adds up as bread is generally bought frequently.
A few items, Silver Spoon sugar, certain Pringles flavours and Richmond pork sausages, have actually fallen in price over the past year.
The Daily Mirror picked a selection of items that might be in a typical weekly shop. We found the groceries cost £4.90 more now than a year ago, up from £54.30 to £59.20.
Several major food firms have recently warned of higher prices.
Unilever, makers of Marmite and Pot Noodles, said its costs had surged by £3billion.
Nestle, which makes KitKat, said it had already upped its prices.
And Reckitt, whose products include Harpic, Nurofen and Strepsils, recently revealed its costs had jumped by 11% last year.
Danni Hewson, financial analyst at investors AJ Bell, said: “Big brand owners are facing an important test.
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“Consumers may not be able to keep stomaching price increases. There is a risk they buy less of the popular, expensive brands.”
Saeed Ibrahim, spokesman for Trolley.co.uk, said two of every three brands had gone up in a year.
He added: “If this trend does continue, the negative effect this could have on families could be enormous by the end of 2022.”
Prices going up
McDougalls Plain Flour (1.1kg) Feb 21: £1.21 Now: £1.42Up 17.4%
McCain Quick Cook French Fries (750g) Feb 21: £2.24 Now: £2.78Up 24.1%
Andrex Classic Clean Toilet Tissue 4 Roll Feb 21: £2.17 Now: £2.31Up 6.5%
Walkers Classic Variety Multipack Crisps (25g) Feb 21 £2.34 Now £2.36Up 0.9%
Dolmio Bolognese Original Pasta Sauce (500g) Feb 21 £1.46 Now £1.68Up 15.1%
Heinz Baked Beanz (415g) Feb 21 85p Now £1Up 17.6%
Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo (500ml) Feb 21 £4.78 Now £4.83Up 1%
Nescafe Original Instant Coffee (200g) Feb 21 £4.25 Now £4.90Up 15.3%
Batchelors Super Noodles Chicken Flavour (90g) Feb 21 61p Now 71pUp 16.4%
Tilda Pure Basmati Rice (250g) Feb 21 £1.18 Now £1.23Up 4.2%
Napolina Chopped Tomatoes (400g) Feb 21 75p Now 91pUp 21.3%
Cathedral City Mature Cheddar (350g) Feb 21: £2.74 Now: £3.21Up 17.2%
Lurpak Spreadable Slightly Salted Butter (500g) Feb 21 £3.34 Now £3.81Up 14.1%
Kingsmill Soft White Medium Bread (800g) Feb 21 95p Now £1.03Up 8.4%
Kellogg’s Variety Pack Cereal (200g) Feb 21 £1.99 Now £2.28Up 14.6%
Princes Tuna In Sunflower Oil (145g) Feb 21 £1.07 Now £1.38Up 29%
Coca-Cola Original Taste (330ml x 10) Feb 21 £4.85 Now £5Up 3.1%
Colgate Triple Action Toothpaste (100ml) Feb 21 £1.03 Now £1.06Up 2.9%
Supermarket Six Medium Free Range Eggs (328g) Feb 21 79p Now 88pUp 11.4%
PG Tips Original Biodegradable Tea Bags 80 (232g) Feb 21 £2.16 Now £2.36Up 9.3%
Aunt Bessie’s Roast Potatoes (800g) Feb 21 £1.70 Now £1.96Up 15.3%
Mr Kipling Angel Slices Feb 21 £1.09 Now £1.49Up 36.7% (40p)
Radox Feel Revived Shower Gel (250ml) Feb 21 92p Now £1Up 8.7% (8p)
Some products that now cost less
Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1kg) Feb 21 67p Now 65pDown 3%
Richmond 8 Thick Pork Sausages (410g) Feb 21 £1.85 Now £1.80Down 2.7%
Fairy Platinum Washing Up Liquid Original (625ml) Feb 21 £1.81 Now £1.73Down 4.4%
Ariel Allin1 Pods Washing Liquid 25 Washes (20g) Feb 21 £5.50 Now £5.43Down 1.3%