Inflation continues accelerating to new heights

16 November 2022

Food and drink inflation surged to the highest level in 45 years, with Britons witnessing mammoth increases for everyday items.

The cost of food and non-alcoholic drinks rocketed to 16.4% in October, against the same month last year - the 15th straight month of price rises.


The Food and Drink Federation Chief Executive Karen Betts said:

"Food and drink price inflation continued its worrying upward trend in October, hitting 16.4% in the ONS figures out today.

“Manufacturers continue to do what they can to contain price rises for shoppers, and we are very conscious of their impact on low income households in particular.  But on average manufacturers have seen a 21% rise in their costs over the past year, with the high cost of energy particularly significant. This has meant that some costs are having to be passed onto consumers.

"Government could help ease these pressures by reducing the costs of doing business, for example through simplifying regulation, reducing the cost of trade with the EU, and helping companies to invest in growth, innovation and skills through tax incentives.  To that end, we’re looking forward to seeing what measures the Chancellor will set out in his Autumn Statement tomorrow.”