Average food shop costing £27 a week moreFamilies having to spend more on weekly shop

11 August 2008

A man carrying a shopping basket in a supermarket

Stock up on baby essentials at your local supermarket

The average family is now spending £27 a week more on food than it was a year ago, new figures revealed today.

A basket of 24 common supermarket items such as tea bags and pasta sauce costs 27% more than it did 12 months ago, according to a survey.

The figure has increased from 21% last month.

Inflation is costing a family spending around £100 a week on groceries an extra £1404 over a year.

Basmati rice

The supermarket price survey found Basmati rice is up 110% in 12 months from 90p for 1kg to £1.89.

A one litre bottle of pure corn oil costs £1.38, up from 49p in August last year - a 181.6% increase.

An 800g thick sliced white loaf rose to 72p from 48p a year ago, a 50% increase.

Six pints of semi-skimmed milk are 26% more expensive - a rise from £1.68 to £2.12 - than a year ago at Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's.

Customers are paying 32% more for a dozen medium free-range eggs at the top three supermarkets, according to MySupermarket.co.uk - from £1.95 to £2.58.

Granulated sugar cheaper

Granulated sugar saw the biggest decrease, from 98p a year ago to 84p today - a 14% reduction.

Also in the basket of goods were cheese, potatoes, bolognese sauce and cornflakes.

Demand for basic agricultural goods has led to huge increases in global grain prices in recent months.

Those costs then pass on down the food chain to meat and dairy products as farmers pay more to feed livestock.

Johnny Stern, managing director of MySupermarket.co.uk, said: 'This month we have seen the highest annual price increase on the staples basket since April this year. This indicates that shoppers need to keep an even closer eye on what they're spending.

'Shopping habits are changing. Consumers are more cash-conscious and consequently, despite the overall price increases, there are a wide range of offers available in each store. This means that discerning shoppers can beat these rises and be smart about the way in which they shop.'

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