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There’s No Escaping Soaring Food Prices for UK Shoppers

  • Prices on some 22,000 products have gone up since last June
  • Kraft-Tesco row highlights tensions between grocers, suppliers
A customer pushes a shopping trolley full of groceries a supermarket in London.

A customer pushes a shopping trolley full of groceries a supermarket in London.

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

UK shoppers seeking to avoid higher bills at the checkout are running out of options after prices on more than half of supermarket items rose in the past year.

Some 22,000 products offered by Britain’s four biggest grocers became costlier since last June, data from retail research firm Assosia shows. That includes a 35% surge in Heinz Tomato Ketchup and a 9% increase in Actimel yogurt drinks.