December 1, 2021, 1:50

    Warning to shoppers buying bread from Aldi, Tesco and other UK supermarkets

    Warning to shoppers buying bread from Aldi, Tesco and other UK supermarkets

    Shoppers have been warned bread prices at the UK's major supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Aldi are set to skyrocket again.

    The price of the household essential food could rise dramatically in the coming weeks after wheat prices reached a nine-year high.

    Global demand for the staple grain has meant bread prices increased 26.7 per cent over the past 12 months – and consumers' pockets could be hit further, reports Manchester Evening News.

    Other amenities' values have also shot up, including fuel and gas.

    Experts say some of the price rises will be absorbed by retailers but higher price tags on supermarket shelves are 'unavoidable'.

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    Employees replenishes bread stocks in the bakery at a Tesco store

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    Pasta prices have already started to rise in recent weeks with more increases likely and, globally, food prices are now at a ten year high.

    The wheat used for animal feed has also risen, though not by as much, currently running at around 16.2 per cent more than a year ago, reported trade journal The Grocer.

    Rising fuel costs, the lorry driver shortage and higher wages to battle the recruitment crisis are also contributing to the soaring price of many favourite foods.

    Alice Jones, analyst with agricultural body, AHDB, said: "Global wheat prices keep climbing each week on the back of supply concerns, and UK prices are following global trends."

    She added: "As long as global prices keep rising there is scope for domestic prices to keep rising."

    In a recent review of global food market, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization reported a 'recent surge in agricultural input prices" adding: "Higher prices of these inputs will inevitably translate into higher production costs, and eventually into higher food prices."

    Gordon Polson, CEO of Britain's Federation of Bakers, told The Grocer: "Energy pricing is also on the rise, while HGV driver shortages and recruitment are resulting in increased wage rates."

    And Allied Bakeries, which owns Kingsmill, said the industry was "exposed to inflationary pressure in relation to the cost of flour, as well as the gas we use in our ovens and fuel for our delivery fleet."

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