How the cost of canned beans, pasta sauce and flour has risen in price online due to demand in April
- The average price of canned beans has risen 1.1% week by week, figures suggest
- Staples like rice, pasta sauce, and cleaning sprays are also still climbing
- The cost of products such as diapers, hand wash and long life milk is said to have fallen
- Some supermarkets and online stores have been accused of cashing in on the pandemic
- Many are still fighting to get online delivery slots and timely food store delivery
Online retail prices for a range of the most in-demand food and hygiene products continue to rise, new figures suggest.
Prices of canned beans, rice and pasta sauce have gone up the most over the past week as shoppers continue to collect staples to get them through lockdown.
Oddly enough, the price of other popular supplies like diapers, hand wash and long-life milk has apparently fallen in the past week compared to the week before, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Shifts: Weekly online price fluctuations, according to new US figures
Using figures from supermarkets and other ‘leading’ chain stores operating online stores, the ONS said prices for a basket full of the most in-demand products rose 0.2 percent weekly.
The US said the figures on the price changes of product photos remained “ experimental, ” and the statistical agency has tightened data collection methods in recent weeks.
The average price of canned beans rose 1.1 percent over the period, while the cost of rice and pasta sauce rose 0.9 percent, according to the figures.
Prices for canned beans have risen steadily over the past six weeks, while rice prices initially fell, but then went up again in week three from the lockdown, the US suggests.
The toilet roll, a product heavily stored at the start of the lockdown, has increased by an average of 0.4 percent over the past week, while the cost of tissues has increased by 0.5 percent.
While some popular items are seeing prices go up, the US said price changes on individual products were “ generally more stable ” than when the lockdown kicked off last month.
What are we eating tonight? The cost of canned beans continues to rise, the US suggests
Price Matters: A chart showing what happened to the cost of staples
In fact, as the lockdown continues, the price of some in-demand products has fallen over the past week, according to data.
The cost of diapers, hand wash, and long-life milk has reportedly fallen by 1.4, 0.8, and 0.6 percent, respectively.
The US said: “Diapers saw the biggest price drop from week 5 to week 6 of 1.4 percent; at the beginning of the six-week period, their prices rose, but they have since stabilized and declined, a trend shown separately by a number of retailers. ‘
Some supermarkets and other online outlets have also been accused of capitalizing on the crisis.
Earlier this month, Ocado reportedly removed 11,087 promotions and raised the base price of 918 products between March 4 and April 8, according to industry data leaked to the Mail.
Price shifts? Figures seen by the Mail last month suggest that Ocado has increased the price of many of its goods. Ocado has denied this
Ocado contested the findings, insisting that prices had fallen on average over the period, and admitted that it had run fewer promotions so it could supply more homes.
Meanwhile, the email found that Asda had lowered the prices of more than 600 products during the same period, while Aldi had increased the number of promotions available to customers.
Supermarkets across the country are still struggling to keep up with supply demand, and shopping activities have strict social distance rules in place to keep customers sufficiently separate.
While most supermarkets have increased their online ordering capacity in recent weeks, many customers, including those on the government’s ‘extremely vulnerable’ list, are still struggling to get delivery slots.
And when delivery slots are available, the waiting times for an order to be delivered are often considerable and product replacements remain a major problem.