The FDF responds to latest inflation figures

22 June 2022

Food and drink prices have risen for the tenth consecutive month. Inflation has reached 8.7% and this is the highest rise since March 2009. Our CEO Karen Betts gives her views on the figures


The FDF’s chief executive Karen Betts OBE said: “It’s very concerning to see food inflation reach 8.7% today.  This is the highest rise since March 2009 and the tenth consecutive month of food inflation. 

Manufacturers are doing everything they can to absorb the mounting costs they’re experiencing, from ingredients to energy, packaging and transport, and to avoid passing them onto hard-pressed households.  But there are limits to this, as businesses must also remain viable. What makes the situation more acute is that many businesses are struggling to find the workers they need in a tight labour market, which is putting pressure on wages and causing some manufacturers to slow production.  

There are a number of things government can do to ease some of the pressures on businesses and shoppers, including looking once again at VAT reductions on food and drink. They can also act to reduce the cost of regulation, for example by suspending the plastics packaging tax, which is not working because of deficiencies in the UK’s recycling system but is nonetheless pushing up prices for consumers. They could also make the apprenticeship levy more flexible so all sizes of businesses can use it effectively. And the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations must work constructively together to ensure that regulation of our sector does not diverge across the UK’s nations, again causing higher food and drink costs for households, as it looks likely to do on the different bottle deposit return schemes currently being devised.”