Mr. Butler told express exclusively that we are now in unknown territory when it comes to inflation and food prices in the UK. Then a family farmer from the UK predicted that food prices could rise by 20% in the near future as the cost of living crisis continues to affect Britons across the country. Mr Butler then discussed how much UK citizens currently spend on food, which is around 9% of their income. It is expected that in the near future this figure will rise to 12-13%, as the agricultural industry is experiencing a burden on the cost of grain, fertilizers and gas due to the current war in Ukraine.
Mr Butler said: “We are in unknown territory, I think there is no doubt that everything people buy is inflation.
“And we are well aware that there is a cost of living crisis.
“So there is no denying whether we want it or not, there is pressure to raise food prices.
“I think together with the UN, which recently suggested that food prices will rise by about 20%.
Mr Butler added: “So food prices are rising, no matter how much we like it.
“In terms of affordability, as we mentioned, I think we’ll see tight shelves.
“And I think we’re going to see a sporadic deficit, but I think you know we’re still going to get avocados, peppers, meat and milk.
“And all we need for a healthy balanced diet, but I think there will be pressure on those who have the biggest problem so they can afford to buy food for the table.
Mr Butler said: “And it will be a difficult time, I think in the current context Britain is preparing an average of about 9% of its food income.
“I guess here, I think it might be 12-13%.
“It will significantly increase the income of people who will need to spend to have a healthy balanced diet.
“So that’s a big change.”
Food banks across the UK are complaining about the burden they are currently facing due to the large number of people in need of their services.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “Demand for our food is as high as ever.
“That’s why we’ve launched our new #RunningonEmpty campaign to highlight the plight of many families across the UK.
“And call for more support for those trying to feed themselves.
“And more food donations from across the food industry to help meet that need.”