Cost of basic staples soar as food inflation hits a record 11.6% 

Cost of basics like tea bags, milk and sugar soar as food inflation rises to a record 11.6%

Food inflation soared to a record 11.6 per cent in October, with significant price rises even hitting basics such as tea, milk and sugar.

Overall shop prices are 6.6 per cent higher than this time last year – also a record – but food inflation jumped well above September’s 10.6 per cent and the three-month average rate of 9.7 per cent, according to the Shop Price Index compiled by the British Retail Consortium and the data firm Nielsen.

Fresh food prices are 13.3 per cent more than last October, up from 12.1 per cent in September. 

Price hikes: Shop prices are 6.6% higher than they were this time last year – but food inflation jumped well above September’s 10.6% and the three-month average rate of 9.7%

Non-food inflation accelerated to 4.1 per cent, up from 3.3 per cent in September.

Which? head of food policy Sue Davies said: ‘Soaring food prices are a real concern, and our research shows millions of consumers are already skipping meals or struggling to put healthy meals on the table due to the cost-of-living crisis.

‘It is vital that households get support from the Government and businesses.’