UK's 'cheapest' supermarket now second most expensive after 13% price hike

A popular supermarket which was recently named the 'cheapest' based on a basket of essential items has rocketed to second place after hiking up the price of items. Morrisons was found to be the least expensive when it came to a basket of staples such as milk and bread.

But last week, the supermarket increased the price of a product by 13 per cent. In May, Morrisons worked out cheapest for shopping which included milk, bread, tea bags, coffee, butter, baked beans, chicken breasts and mince.

But now the retailer is second most expensive for the products after putting up the price of its cheapest Savers tea bags from 79p for a pack of 80, to 89p since last week. It means the cost of the 160, which is the pack size we compare across all supermarkets, is up by 13 per cent.

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The Manchester Evening News began comparing the prices of supermarket products two years ago when the cost of living crisis took hold across the country. They have recently found that Lidl remains the cheapest of all the retailers, with a price tag of £12.11, followed by Aldi at £12.14 and Asda at £12.18.

Sainsbury's is fourth cheapest at £12.33, followed by Morrisons at £12.47, and the most expensive is Tesco with a bill of £12.62. Aldi disputes the results of the weekly comparison, saying that it does not take into account like-for-like products or ‘the higher quality’ of its products.

A spokesperson said that Aldi beans are 20g heavier than Sainsbury's and that Aldi teabags are 'better quality than the comparative products used'. Asda also disagrees with the comparison and says that the small sample of products does not represent the fuller picture of prices and does not account for its deals.

Across the board, its Just Essentials range is the largest and cheapest available, alongside Aldi's, according to the supermarket.

Full list of prices:

Lidl

  • Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p

  • Milk 2 pints - £1.20

  • Coffee 200g - £1.99

  • Teabags 240 - £2.79 / equates to £1.86 for 160

  • Salted butter 250g - £1.69

  • Beans 420g tin - 28p

  • Chicken 300g - £2.35

  • Mince 500g 25% fat - £2.29

Total £12.11

Aldi

  • Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p

  • Milk 2 pints - £1.20

  • Coffee 200g - £1.99

  • Teabags 160 - £1.89

  • Salted butter 250g - £1.69

  • Beans 420g tin - 28p

  • Chicken 300g - £2.35

  • Mince 500g 25% fat - £2.29

Total £12.14

Asda

  • Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p

  • Milk 2 pints - £1.20

  • Coffee 200g (2 x 100g) - £1.98

  • Teabags 160 (4 x 40-pack) - £1.60

  • Salted butter 250g - £1.69

  • Beans 410g tin - 27p

  • Chicken 300g - £2.50

  • Mince 500g 20% fat -£2.49

Total £12.18

Sainsbury's

  • Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p

  • Milk 2 pints - £1.20

  • Coffee 200g - £1.99

  • Teabags 160 - £1.89

  • Salted butter 250g - £1.69

  • Beans 400g tin - 27p

  • Chicken 300g - £2.35

  • Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49

Total £12.33

Morrisons

  • Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p

  • Milk 2 pints - £1.20

  • Coffee (2 x 100g) - £1.98

  • Teabags 160 (2 x 80-pack Savers) - £1.78 (up from £1.58)

  • Savers Salted butter 250g - £1.69

  • Beans 410g tin - 27p

  • Chicken 300g - £2.65 for 330g, equates to £2.41 for 300g

  • Mince 500g 25% fat - £2.29

Total £12.47

Tesco

  • Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p

  • Milk 2 pints - £1.20

  • Coffee 200g (2 x 100g) - £1.98

  • Teabags 160 (2 x 80-pack) - £1.88

  • Salted butter 250g - £1.69

  • Beans 420g tin - 28p

  • Chicken 300g - £2.65

  • Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49

Total £12.62