Snacks and cat food skyrocket in UK food prices

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Scales for weighing fresh produce in bulk are seen in the UK Asda supermarket in Leeds, Britain October 19, 2020. REUTERS / Molly Darlington / File Photo

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  • UK food price inflation was 3.2% in November
  • Inflation is at its highest since June 2020
  • UK grocery sales down 3.8% year over year in 12 week period
  • Tesco is once again the best performer of the major groups

LONDON, Dec. 7 (Reuters) – UK food inflation hit a 17-month high in November, with prices for crisps, salty snacks and cat food rising the most, the market analyst said on Tuesday Kantar.

He said grocery price inflation was 3.2% in the four weeks leading up to November 28, its highest level since June 2020.

But he noted that consumer behavior has yet to catch up with price increases.

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“The habits we expected to see evolve, such as swapping branded products for their own brand or looking for promotions, haven’t changed yet,” said Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and market intelligence. consumers at Kantar.

He said concerns about the next stage of the pandemic, with the emergence of the Omicron variant, could see consumers change the way they shop in the coming weeks. Some may prefer to shop again online to limit their store visits.

Kantar said the average price for a traditional Christmas turkey dinner for four was 27.48 pounds ($ 36.42), up 3.4% from 2020.

Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent on Monday said headline inflation in Britain could “comfortably exceed” 5% in April. Read more

Kantar said UK grocery sales fell 3.8% year-on-year in the 12 weeks leading up to November 28. During the same period last year, sales were boosted by a second COVID-19 lockdown in England and tighter restrictions in Scotland and Wales.

Market leader Tesco (TSCO.L) was once again the best performing of the major players.

Tesco gained 0.7 percentage point of market share during the period, its biggest jump since 2007, bringing it to its highest share since February 2019.

Separately, on Tuesday, surveys for the entire UK retail sector showed that consumer spending rose in November, boosted by earlier-than-usual Christmas shopping and a pick-up in spending in the pubs and restaurants before the announcement of the Omicron variant. Read more

Market share and sales growth (%)

Source: Kantar

($ 1 = 0.7544 lb)

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Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Jan Harvey

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