The 30 Branded Food Products That Have Shot Up Most In Price

Some household favourites have shot up higher than the rate of inflation.
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Do you wince at the price of a food shop these days? You’re definitely not alone.

Some of the nation’s most popular branded products have soared in the last two years, with the worst examples doubling in price, according to new research by Which?.

The consumer watchdog looked at 79 branded items, comparing prices at six major supermarkets, Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, over a 30 day period from September to October in both 2020 and 2022.

Aldi and Lidl were not included in the study as they did not have enough comparable items.

Out of the items analysed, Heinz Tomato Ketchup (460g) saw the biggest average percentage increase overall, going up by 53% or 91p across the six retailers – although this was as much as 70% an increase of £1.06 in one particular supermarket over the two-year period.

The second biggest average percentage increase was on Dolmio Lasagne Sauce (470g) which went up by 47% or 61p across the six supermarkets in the two years. However, the price increased by as much as 107% or £1.09 in one supermarket.

One of the biggest leaps in terms of pounds and pence was on branded butter. Anchor Spreadable butter tub 500g went up by £1.31 (45%) on average across all six supermarkets over the two-year period. Meanwhile Lurpak spreadable slightly salted tub 500g (which made headlines earlier this year for its hefty price tag) saw an average increase of £1.17 (35%).

The price of Twinings of London Everyday 100 Tea Bags had the sharpest individual increase in absolute terms at one supermarket – an extra £2.33 (64%) in 2022 compared to the base price in 2020. Across the six retailers the teabags went up on average 64p (17%).

The findings show that despite overall inflation being at almost 15% since this time last year, some of Britain’s favourite branded foods may have risen much more sharply.

Here are the top 30 risers, according to Which?

Heinz Tomato Ketchup Sauce - Top Down 460g – 53%
Dolmio Lasagne Sauce 470g – 47%
Heinz Classic Cream Of Chicken Soup 400g – 46%
Dolmio Bolognese Original Pasta Sauce 500g – 46%
Anchor Spreadable Butter Tub 500g – 45%
Heinz Cream Of Tomato Soup 400g – 44%
Colman’s Classic Mint Sauce 165g – 44%
Colman’s Horseradish Sauce 136g – 44%
Batchelors Super Noodles Bbq Beef Flavour 90g - 43%
Hovis Granary Wholemeal 800g – 43%
Sharwoods Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce X 420g – 39%
Cravendale Semi Skimmed Milk 1000ml – 38%
Sharwoods Balti Cooking Sauce 420g – 38%
Sharwoods Korma Sauce 420g – 38%
Lurpak Spreadable Slightly Salted Tub 500g – 35%
Hellmanns Real Squeezy Mayonnaise 750ml – 35%
Muller Corner Vanilla & Banana Chocolate Balls & Flakes 6x130g 780g – 34%
McCain Home Chips Straight Cut 1000g – 34%
Birds Eye 10 Original Potato Waffles 567g – 33%
Green Giant Salt Free Naturally Sweet Sweetcorn 198g – 30%
Dr. Oetker Ristorante Mozzarella Pizza 335g – 30%
Birds Eye Frozen Garden Peas 375g – 28%
Cathedral City Extra Mature 350g – 26%
Walkers Cheese & Onion Crisps 6X25g 150g – 26%
Pukka Pies All Steak Pie 209g – 26%
Magnum Almond Ice Cream 4 x 100ml 400ml – 26%
Hovis Soft White Thick Bread Loaf 800g – 24%
McVities Biscuits Ginger Nuts 250g – 22%
Hovis Soft White Medium Bread Loaf 800g – 22%
Cif Power And Shine Bathroom Cleaner Spray 700ml – 22%