The cost of baked beans in major supermarkets has risen as shoppers feel the cost of living in the crisis.
Heinz has increased the prices of its household products, forcing grocers such as Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco and Aldi to do the same.
The supplier blamed higher production costs for the increase, which means its 4x415g pack of baked beans now costs £3.99 in the UK.
Other staples such as Mr Kipling’s cakes, Bisto’s sauce and Sharwood’s curry sauce have also soared, some almost doubling in price in less than a year.
The value of well-known brands has increased in recent months, with some almost doubling in price
A 4x415g pack of Heinz Beanz (pictured) has risen to £3.99 in all major supermarkets.
MailOnline’s analysis of prices on the Tesco website found that some items have risen in price by more than £1 in just a few months.
These include 190g Heinz Frozen Snap Pots, which doubled in price from £1 to £2 between July last year and this January, and Sharwood’s Tikka Masala Mild Honey Sauce, which rose from £1.50 to £2.80 at the same time. period.
Kraft Heinz has seen its other popular supermarket products rise in price – a 910g bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup has now risen by £50 over the month to £3.99, while tomato soup rose to £95 from £95 in July. 1.90 this month.
The supplier confirmed to retailers that it had raised prices as a “last resort”, with a spokesperson for the firm telling The Grocer that “we are taking costs where we can”.
The publication reported that it faced rising production costs on multiple fronts, including buying ingredients like tomatoes and energy costs to produce its own cans and cook food.
This has seen the price of a four-pack of Heinz Beanz rise to £3.99 across all major retailers, including discount chains such as Aldi and Lidl.
It’s not the only supplier to see price rises – Premier Foods, which makes Sharwood sauces, Oxo, Bisto Gravy and Mr Kipling cakes, has also seen price rises.
A 350g pack of Bisto Gravy Ganules has risen in price at Tesco from £2.80 in July to £3.50 in January, while 12 Oxo Beef Cubes are now £2.40, up from £1.45 in July.
Meanwhile, a six-pack of Kipling Cherry Bakewell has risen from £1.90 in July to £2.35 this month, according to the supermarket’s website. An eight pack of Mr Kipling’s 8 Angel Slices rose from £2.85 that month to £3.45 in January.
A Premier Foods spokesperson said: “The retail price of our products may vary between retailers and between stores.
“We are constantly reviewing our pricing and promotional offers and are committed to ensuring that consumers value our brands.
“Like many other food businesses, we have seen significant increases in the cost of raw materials, energy, packaging and labor.
“We are always looking at ways to offset cost pressures where possible through internal cost-saving measures and will only raise prices when absolutely necessary.”
Items such as Bisto’s Gravy Granules have also risen in price, with a 350g pack rising from £2.80 in July to £3.50 in January.
Mr Kipling cakes have also risen in price, with Angel Slices at Tesco rising from £2.85 in July to £3.45 in January.
Price hikes in recent months have hit shoppers hard, as near-record inflation and rising household electricity prices take a toll on people’s wallets.
This month, the Mail revealed how fresh food prices have soared by 15 per cent – with retailers warning that the boom shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
On Sunday, the firm’s chief executive, John Allan, said it was “entirely possible” that food producers would raise prices to take advantage of inflation.
He said Tesco was trying “very hard” to counter price rises it deemed unnecessary.
“We have a team to determine whether these cost increases are legitimate or not,” he told the BBC.
He said Tesco’s buying teams were dealing with the problem “every day of the week”, but he stressed that most of the growth was legitimate.
“There have been significant increases in commodity costs, energy costs and labor costs,” Mr Allan said, adding that many supermarkets had cheaper alternatives to the brands.
A Tesco spokesman said today: “With household budgets under increasing pressure, we are committed to helping our customers by keeping a laser focus on the value of their weekly shop.
“So whether it’s matching Aldi prices, locking in prices on over a thousand household products until Easter 2023 or offering exclusive deals and gifts with thousands of Clubcard prices – we’re more ready than ever to offer our customers great opportunities. meaning.’
Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers are aware of the pressures on household budgets and are doing everything they can to limit inflation across all their products.
“Global prices for many food commodities have increased, along with energy costs, supply chain costs and tax increases, which have led to higher prices for many staples.”
“Despite these challenges, retailers are determined to support their customers with the cost of living, such as expanding the value range, reducing prices on essentials and introducing discounts to vulnerable groups.”
Aldi, Asda, Lidl and Sainsbury’s have been contacted for comment.