RISES SPREAD TO BREAD AND BUTTER
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