Tesco shoppers slam 'ridiculous' Olive Oil price – saying it 'must be a mix up'

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Tesco shoppers have slammed the 'ridiculous' price of Olive Oil in the supermarket -Credit:In Pictures via Getty Images

Tesco customers have expressed their frustration over the price of the supermarket's olive oil.

They branded the cost of the ever day item 'ridiculous' , with many opting for alternatives as prices in stores appear to be on the rise. It comes after a Tesco customer spotted the oil on the store's shelves for £7.90.

A photo of the product and its price tag was shared by the customer on X (formerly Twitter), with the caption: "Emptied my ISA for olive oil x."

Echoing the sentiment, another X user responded to the post, humorously tweeting: "Next time I go to Tesco, I am going to look the security guard straight in the eye and say don't be a hero, bro."

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After being posted on X, the image has also circulated on a Facebook meme page, where it has become viral, amassing 12,000 likes.

The price also left many Facebook users astonished, with one commenting: "They must have the labels mixed up - it should not be that much for standard olive oil that is not Extra Virgin Olive Oil! " Another added: "Honestly, it's not even funny anymore. The price of simple sh*t is just beyond ridiculous. Even coffee."

Another person concurred, remarking: "I love how staples of our diet are now luxury items."

In contrast, some individuals claimed they had noticed pricier Olive Oil in other places. One person commented: "Sainsburys Italian olive oil was £11.90 yesterday, I soon changed my mind. Another responded: "That's quite cheap for olive oil nowadays."

According to some, they are now opting for Rapeseed Oil as a cost-effective alternative, while another individual mentioned finding Olive Oil at a more competitive price at the bargain store B&M.

However, other savvy Facebook users seemed aware of the reason for the high price. A commenter revealed: "Due to the heavy rains across the Mediterranean last year the olive crop was poor and that my friends is why olive oil is so expensive. There is a shortage of it in most Mediterranean countries."

Another user supported this claim stating: "I went to Spain a week ago, the ground is too dry and they are finding it hard to grow olives, so much that drinking Cava is cheaper than buying olive oil even in Spain."

Tesco have been contacted for comment.