The cost of Heinz baked beans at Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco and Aldi rises to £3.99

The cost of baked beans in major supermarkets has skyrocketed as shoppers continue to feel the pinch of soaring food prices in the UK.

Heinz has raised the prices of its well-known items, forcing major grocers like Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco and Aldi to do the same.

The supplier blames the rise on increased production costs, meaning a 4x415g pack of its baked beans is now £3.99 across the UK.

Other staples such as Mr. Kipling cake, Bisto Gravy and Sharwood’s curry sauce have also increased, with some nearly doubling in price in less than a year.

The cost of well-known brands has increased in recent months, with some nearly doubling in price

The cost of well-known brands has increased in recent months, with some nearly doubling in price

The price of a 4x415g pack of Heinz Beanz (pictured) has risen to £3.99 in all major supermarkets

The price of a 4x415g pack of Heinz Beanz (pictured) has risen to £3.99 in all major supermarkets

An analysis by MailOnline of prices on Tesco’s website has revealed that some items have risen by more than £1 in price over a number of months.

These include two 190g packs of 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-Med Sauce, which went from £1.50 to £2 over the same period .80 pounds rose period.

Kraft Heinz has seen the prices of its other popular items in the supermarket rise – a 910g bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup is now £3.99, up 50p in a month, while Cream Of Tomato Soup was 95p in July has risen to £1.90 this month.

The supplier confirmed it had increased its prices to retailers as a “last resort”, with a company spokesman telling The Grocer that it “covers costs wherever we can”.

The publication reported that it faced increased production costs on several fronts, including buying ingredients like tomatoes and the energy costs of making its own cans and cooking food.

This has seen the price of four packs of Heinz Beanz jump to £3.99 across all major retailers, including discount chains like Aldi and Lidl.

It’s not the only supplier experiencing price increases – Premier Foods, which makes sauces from Sharwood, Oxo, Bisto Gravy and Mr Kipling cakes, has also experienced a price hike.

A 350g pack of Bisto Gravy Ganules has risen from £2.80 in July to £3.50 in January at Tesco, while 12 Oxo Beef Stock Cubes are now £2.40, up from £1.45 in July.

Meanwhile, a six-pack of Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewells has gone from £1.90 in July to £2.35 this month, according to the supermarket’s website. A pack of eight Mr Kipling 8 Angel Slices has gone up from £2.85 this month to £3.45 in January.

A spokesman for Premier Foods said: “The selling price of our products is at the discretion of retailers and may vary between stores.

“We regularly review our pricing and promotional offerings and are committed to ensuring consumers get great value from our brands.

“Like many other food companies, we have seen significant increases in the cost of raw materials, energy, packaging and labor.

‘We are always looking for ways to offset the cost pressure as much as possible through internal cost-cutting measures and only increase prices when absolutely necessary.’

Items such as Bisto's Gravy Granules have also risen in price, with a 350g pack going from £2.80 in July to £3.50 in January

Items such as Bisto’s Gravy Granules have also risen in price, with a 350g pack going from £2.80 in July to £3.50 in January

Mr Kipling cakes have also risen in price, with Angel Slices in Tesco rising from £2.85 in July to £3.45 in January.

Mr Kipling cakes have also risen in price, with Angel Slices in Tesco rising from £2.85 in July to £3.45 in January.

Soaring prices have hit shoppers hard in recent months as the cost of near-record inflation and soaring household energy bills take their toll on people’s wallets.

This month, the Mail revealed how fresh food prices had skyrocketed 15 per cent – as retailers warned there were no signs the boom would slow anytime soon.

On Sunday, the company’s CEO, John Allan, said it was “quite possible” that food manufacturers would raise prices to take advantage of inflation.

He added Tesco is trying “very hard” to challenge price increases that he says are unnecessary.

“We have a team that is… working out whether or not these cost increases are legitimate,” he told the BBC.

He said Tesco’s purchasing teams had been dealing with the issue “every day of the week” – although he noted most increases were legitimate.

“Costs of goods, energy and labor have increased, sometimes dramatically,” Mr Allan said, adding that cheaper private label alternatives to brands are available in most supermarkets.

A Tesco spokesman said today: “With household budgets increasingly under pressure, we are absolutely committed to helping our customers by focusing on the cost of their weekly grocery shopping

“Whether it’s adjusting Aldi’s price on the basics, fixing the price of over a thousand household items until Easter 2023, or offering exclusive deals and rewards through thousands of club card prices, we’re more committed than ever to to offer great value to our customers.’

Andrew Opie, Director of Food & Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers understand the pressures on household budgets and are doing everything they can to limit inflation across all their products.

“The global price of many foods has risen, along with energy costs, supply chain costs and tax increases, resulting in higher prices for many staple foods.”

“Despite these challenges, retailers are determined to support their consumers with the cost of living, for example by widening price ranges, keeping prices low on essentials and introducing discounts for vulnerable groups.”

Aldi, Asda, Lidl and Sainsbury’s have all been asked to comment.

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Emma Colton

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