Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree pet foods scrapped from Tesco in new price row
// Mars, the owner of Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree products, has halted deliveries to Tesco as a new pricing row kicks off
// Suppliers are trying to pass on rising costs to supermarkets, who in turn are trying to limit the amount they pass on to shoppers as the cost of living crisis continues
Mars, the owner of pet food brands Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree, halted deliveries to Tesco in a new price line.
Supplies of some of the US group-owned brands were low in stores and online in the UK’s largest supermarket’s second fall with a major supplier in a fortnight, and although chocolate and confectionery products from Mars are not affected by the IAMS dispute, Sheba and Crave have also been removed.
Just last week, the country’s biggest supermarket faced shortages of baked beans and Heinz ketchup after the US ketchup maker suspended supplies amid a price hike.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We are focused on controlling the cost of the weekly shop, giving customers great value through our combination of Aldi Price Match, Everyday Low Prices and Clubcard prices.
“With household budgets under increasing pressure, we have more responsibility than ever to ensure that customers get the best possible value, and we will not pass on unjustifiable price increases to our customers.
Suppliers are trying to pass on rising costs to supermarkets, which in turn are trying to limit how much they have to pass on to customers.
A Mars spokesperson said the company wanted to reassure pet owners that its products were “widely available” in the UK, although some products were out of stock at Tesco. “We cannot comment on individual business relationships or situations,” the spokesperson added.
According to the Guardianindustry insiders say Tesco is trying to leverage its strength as the UK’s largest retailer to avoid supplier price hikes that are being implemented across the industry due to the rising cost of energy, fuel, labour, packaging and raw materials as inflationary surges.
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