Cost of living crisis: Cost of homemade cheese sandwich surges

How the price of YOUR lunch has soared: Cost of a cheese sandwich surges by more than a third with a lunchbox of ham sarnie, crisps, apple and cola now costing £3.30

  • Two slices of white bread, butter serving and mature cheddar are up 37% to 40p 
  • Cost of other fillings such as chicken, ham and eggs have soared, study reveals 

The cost of preparing packed lunches has soared in the past year amid rampant inflation, a study has found.

Making a cheese sandwich at home is now 37 per cent more expensive than last year, while the cost of a ham salad sandwich is up 16 per cent to 84p, a packet of crisps from a six-pack has risen 28 per cent to 17p, an apple is up 8 per cent to 52p and a 500ml cola is up 7 per cent to £1.76.

The study by retail research firm Assosia comes as official figures show that food price inflation is at nearly 20 per cent, as households face the biggest squeeze to their living standards in decades.  

Figures from Kantar showed grocery price inflation remains above 17 per cent, with own label grocery sales up 13.5 per cent year on year and the very cheapest value lines soaring by 46 per cent. 

The report found the cost of a ham salad sandwich is up 16 per cent to 84p (file picture)

Assosia looked at average prices for packed lunch items across Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl and Morrisons as well as Aldi click-and-collect. They used prices from the standard ranges at each supermarket before any promotions were applied, and used online prices for the four biggest chains.

Assosia examined the cost of white and wholemeal bread, as well as the fillings of cheese; cheese and ham; tuna mayonnaise; egg and cress; and ham salad.

The experts then compared prices this month with April last year, and the BBC established the price per portion based on suggested serving sizes.

The biggest increase was a cheese and ham sandwich on white bread, up by 18p, and the smallest rise was 5p on a tuna mayo.

They also found that the price of a medium loaf of own-label wholemeal or white bread was up by more than 40 per cent to 86p and 84p respectively.

Grocery price inflation dipped slightly in April – but is still up 17.3 per cent in a year (file image)

Data from Kantar earlier this week showed how the market share of supermarkets is changing

It comes after data from Kantar on Tuesday found own label grocery sales were up 13.5 per cent year on year, with the very cheapest value lines soaring by 46 per cent.

Some 38million chocolate eggs and treats were bought ahead of Easter Sunday – five million more than last year – and hot cross bun sales were up 5 per cent in a year.

Aldi reached beyond a 10 per cent share of the market for the first time this month, hitting 10.1 per cent, while Lidl also hit a new record share of 7.6 per cent.

Lidl was the fastest growing grocer with sales increasing by 25.1 per cent, while Aldi was just behind on 25 per cent.

Also this week, KitKat maker Nestle said it increased its prices by an average of nearly 10 per cent in the first three months of 2023. The Swiss food and drink giant said ice cream and pet food saw particularly sharp rises.

And Sainsbury’s today revealed falling annual profits as it took a hit from soaring costs and held back price rises for shoppers – but said it is ‘determined to battle inflation for our customers’.

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