Families slammed as New Year’s food bills skyrocketed and household necessities rose

Families are shaken as New Year’s food bills skyrocket and household needs grow by more than 10 percent a year

  • The prices of many household necessities are rising by more than 10 percent a year, which is helping to reduce the cost of living
  • There has been a tsunami price increase for everything from beef and bread to milk, eggs and peas
  • Almost 10,000 products became more expensive at all food retailers during the new year










The prices of many household necessities are rising by more than 10 percent a year, which is helping to reduce the cost of living.

A Daily Mail poll revealed tsunami price increases of all kinds, from beef and bread to milk, eggs and peas. Industry analysts, who work in five large supermarkets, typically saw about 2,700 increases in early January, but are approaching 4,400 this year.

Almost 10,000 products became more expensive at all food retailers during the new year.

A price monitoring survey and Assosia retail analysts, looking at a basket of current products, found an average increase of 6 percent last year.

The retail survey found that prices in supermarkets in the United Kingdom are rising sharply due to the cost-of-living crisis

The retail survey found that prices in supermarkets in the United Kingdom are rising sharply due to the cost-of-living crisis

The largest increases found were 32 percent for Stork baking spread and 22 percent for lighter mixed butter and Lurpak canola (file image)

The largest increases found were 32 percent for Stork baking spread and 22 percent for lighter mixed butter and Lurpak canola (file image)

For someone who spends £ 430 a month on food, which is about the British average, that’s another £ 25 a month.

Some of the increases in high-selling household products are particularly striking.

The survey saw an 18% increase in a can of Heinz roasted beans and a 12% increase in ground beef, frozen peas and Jordans cereals. The increase was 11 percent for supermarket brand chocolate digestives, 9 percent for milk, 8 percent for eggs and 7 percent for wholemeal bread.

The largest increases, according to the survey, were 32 percent for Stork baking spread and 22 percent for lighter mixed butter and Lurpak rape.

Assosie CEO Kay Staniland said: “We have seen a huge rise in prices in the last week for ten days.”

Some of the base rate prices identified in the survey may be mitigated by promotional discounts, but she warned: “Once these events are over, they will feel the increase.

Shoppers walk down an aisle with fresh meat at the Waitrose supermarket branch in south London last October.  Kantar retail analysts say the cost of fresh beef rose about 12.2 percent from a year earlier, with fresh lamb up 9.5 percent

Shoppers walk down the aisle with fresh meat at the Waitrose supermarket branch in south London last October. Kantar retail analysts say the cost of fresh beef rose about 12.2 percent from a year earlier, with fresh lamb up 9.5 percent

“Consumers are more used to shopping around stores, but given the higher transport, commodity and fuel costs that affect the food supply chain and the food sector, it is inevitable that costs will start to grow faster,” she added.

“Staff shortages also have an impact on the food sector, so maintaining a good supply chain is also crucial during this period. In the current climate, it’s a little hard to see any winners. “

Earlier this week, a survey by the British retail consortium estimated an annual increase in fresh food costs of 3 per cent, the highest rate in nine years.

Helen Dickinson, CEO, said: “The trajectory of consumer prices is very clear: they will continue to grow at a faster pace.

“Retailers can no longer absorb all the cost pressures of more expensive transport, labor shortages and rising commodity and global food prices. Consumers will already be under more pressure this year as energy bills rise, national insurance increases and mortgages become more expensive.

“The government should alleviate some of these costs by seeking long-term solutions to solvable problems, such as labor shortages.”

A supermarket survey conducted by Kantar estimated food price inflation at 3.5 percent. It reported an increase of 12.2 percent for fresh beef, 9.5 percent for fresh lamb, 11.4 percent for savory snacks and 9.4 percent for chips.

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