According to the investigation, hundreds of basic foodstuffs rose in price by more than a fifth in the two years before the surge in food inflation caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
As households come to terms with growth cost of living crisis, consumer group Which? said buyers also see fewer discounts and price ranges.
His analysis of average prices for 21,000 products in eight major networks in the 24 months to February showed that 265 products rose in price by more than 20%.
These included, according to the report, a 500-gram box of porridge for Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes breakfast, which was 21.4% higher at Tesco.
Mushrooms Asda 250g Own Label Closed Cup Mushrooms, which grew 21.4%, also made the list, while Cathedral City Extra Mature Cheddar 350g was 21.1% higher on Ocado.
Efforts to combat obesity were also reflected in the findings, as of the 20 main categories, carbonated beverages grew the most by an average of 5.9%.
Buyers have been struggling with rising prices due to supply chain difficulties in the global economy since last year.
In many ways, this is easily explained by the fact that demand is ahead of supply when countries experience a breakdown with COVID-19.
However, the inflation situation was exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, leading to an increase in wholesale costs for basic commodities such as wheat.
The rise in energy spending in the economy has also been passed on since then – the latest official figures show annual food and beverage inflation in April at 6.7% and is projected to increase further.
The overall headline inflation rate is a 40-year high of 9% as electricity and fuel bills reached record highs, increasing pressure on buyers’ budgets.
Which ones? found that the products with the lowest inflation included chocolate (1.4%), fresh fruits (1.6%), cookies (1.8%) and vegetables (1.9%).
Examples of “shrinkage” – reducing the size of the product while maintaining the original price – include instant coffee Nescafe Azera Americano decaffeinated, which is reduced from 100 g to 90 g, and Walkers Classic Variety chips, which are reduced from 24 sachets in multipacks to 22 sachets.
It was found that the number of promotions fell in each of the 20 categories studied by the guard.
He said budget-branded items were also unavailable three times as many days during the last inspections in February.
Sue Davis, which one? “Our study shows that staggering price increases are exacerbated by practices such as reduced and limited access to key budget ranges – and these factors combined put tremendous pressure on home shopping budgets.”
A Tesco spokesman replied: “We strive to provide our customers with great value, whether they promise this“ Low Daily Prices ”on 1,600 basic products, a price that matches approximately 650 base prices on Aldi, or offer exclusive offers and rewards over thousands of prices Clubcard. “