RISES SPREAD TO BREAD AND BUT­TER

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KITCHEN sta­ples like bread and but­ter are among foods whose price has been hiked – thanks to last year’s weather.

A sliced loaf costs up to eight per cent more than this time last year, af­ter the hot sum­mer led to the small­est home-grown wheat crop since 2012.

Ac­cord­ing to trade jour­nal The Gro­cer, pitta, crum­pets and crois­sants have seen sim­i­lar rises.

Dairy pro­duce is also hit, with wheat the key in­gre­di­ent for cat­tle feed. But­ter prices have gone up by an aver­age of two per cent. Other spreads may be even more ex­pen­sive if they rely on rape­seed oil, which also saw its crop wilt.

Potato crops – with de­layed plant­ing due to the Beast from the East cold snap and then the sum­mer’s heatwave – means the price of most potato prod­ucts is higher and short­ages will re­main through to this sum­mer.

As for fish with your chips – prices are, on aver­age, five per cent higher thanks to the weather and fall­ing quo­tas for some species.

Bri­tain’s wheat pro­duc­tion suf­fered be­cause of the weather

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