The prices of basic foods including vegetables and potatoes have increased by up to 60% in local supermarkets in Britain over the last six months. According to a recent report, a standard 2.5kg bag of white potatoes in both Sainsbury’s and Tesco are now an eye-watering 61 or 62% more expensive than in April respectively, and have shot up 51% in Aldi too.
Norfolk potato farmers said the massive jump represented “normal market value” after two years of loss-making prices. They warned that the summer’s drought – combined with producers abandoning potatoes for more lucrative crops amid increasing energy costs – will mean retail prices continue to climb through the autumn.
The figures are revealed in EDP’s latest monthly survey of local prices in the six largest supermarkets.