Popular pet food brands Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree could disappear from Tesco’s shelves as the supermarket giant finds itself embroiled in another supply queue.
Last week’s Kraft Heinz products including ketchup, baked beans and tomato soup Not available in some stores After Tesco refused to “transmit unjustified price increases” to customers – suppliers are trying to offset the impact of high inflation.
Now Mars Petcare products — which also makes Sheba cat food and Cesar dog food — are dwindling both in Tesco branches and online after supplies to the retailer were temporarily halted in a new dispute over price hikes.
Retail analyst Steve Dresser, CEO of Grocery Insight, highlighted a series of supply issues on social media.
Dresser said Tuesday that labels on supermarket shelves indicate there will be no more stockpiling for at least two weeks.
“There are definitely gaps opening on the shelf, as the labels say no stock is in stock until July 23,” he wrote on Twitter, “on all Mars brands – Caesars, Whiskas, and Pedigree.”
A Tesco spokesperson said the company is “laser focused” on keeping weekly store cost in check and “delivering significant value to customers”.
“With increasing pressure on family budgets, we now more than ever have a responsibility to ensure that customers receive the best value possible, and we will not pass unjustified price increases to our customers.
“We’re sorry that this means that some products are not available at the moment, but we have plenty of alternatives to choose from and hopefully this issue will be resolved soon.”
“We are aware that some of our pet care products are not currently available in Tesco stores,” said Mars.
“We want to reassure pet owners that their favorite products are available and widely available in the UK market.
“There are many reasons why our products may not be available in certain stores from time to time.”
The spokeswoman added that Mars could not comment on “individual business relationships or situations.”
The dispute raises the question of whether manufacturers, retailers or consumers should bear the brunt of the conditions brought on by the difficult economic climate.
Inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in May According to the National Bureau of Statistics – p Counselor Rishi Sunak He said the government was using “all the tools at our disposal” to stem the price hike.