Frozen turkey could cost up to 20 per cent more than it did last year – with Aldi’s premium bird taking the crown for biggest price hike
- The biggest rise was 20 per cent for an Aldi Specially Selected turkey crown
Shoppers opting for a frozen turkey this Christmas face paying up to 20 per cent more than last year.
Frozen birds are normally considerably cheaper than fresh, however, even these may cost too much for some struggling households.
Price hikes of at least 10 per cent were seen across 13 of the 21 frozen whole turkey or turkey crown lines on sale this week compared to this time last year, according to analysis of Assosia data by The Grocer.
The average increase in the price of a frozen turkey or crown was 9.4 per cent higher than this time last year, while the average cost per kg was up by 12 per cent to £7.51.
Looking at the prices now compared to two years ago – 14 frozen turkeys were 20 per cent more expensive and two lines are more than 30 per cent higher.
The prices of turkeys in the shops now are considered a good guide to those that will apply for birds sold ahead of Christmas.
The biggest year-on-year rise was 20 per cent for an Aldi Specially Selected turkey crown (1.8kg), which is up from £19.99 to £24.99. That makes it 30 per cent more expensive than two years ago.
Stubbornly high production costs, including wages, feed and energy, have been cited as factors behind the spike
Frozen turkeys are costing up to 20 per cent more than last year, with hikes of over 10 per cent seen in over half of whole bird and crown lines
The second-biggest annual hike was for a small Oakhurst whole British turkey (4kg), also sold by Aldi. At £16.99, it’s 17.7 per cent more expensive than a year ago and 32.4 per cent higher than October 2021.
The Grocer said the increases reflect stubbornly high production costs, such as wages, feed and energy, across the poultry sector.
Avara Foods this week cited ‘significant inflationary pressure in fuel, commodities, and labour over the past two years’ as it announced plans to close a factory in Gloucestershire.
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