Food inflation has surged to a new record of 12.4% amid predictions of an ‘increasingly bleak’ winter.
And rising meat, egg and dairy prices forced fresh food inflation even higher to 14.3%, from October’s 13.3%.
Soaring energy, transport and animal feed costs threatened Christmas cheer as food bills rose ‘unabated’, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Overall shop prices are up 7.4% year-on-year – another peak since the trade body’s records began in 2005.
Coffee costs have shot up, shows the BRC-NielsenIQ Shop Price Index.
And ‘massive’ inflation in dairy has taken a £31million chunk out of Cheddar cheese sales, prompting industry bosses to launch a campaign to stop the slide.
Richard Clothier, boss of cheesemaker Wyke Farms, told The Grocer: ‘We have managed before through recession and inflation, but not at the same time, so it is a real challenge. The situation is extremely worrying.’
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