Tesco hikes prices on 600 items in desperate bid to prevent shoppers stockpiling

Tesco hikes prices on 600 items in desperate bid to prevent shoppers stockpiling

The chain of supermarkets has also increased the prices of hundreds of items as coronavirus panic takes a hold on customers.

More than 600 products sold by Tesco have become more expensive, The Times reports.
And Britain’s biggest supermarket chain pulled more than 8,000 groceries from its selection last week.

The choice of pet food was slashed the most while baby items remained the same.

Less than half of all foods for dogs and cats have disappeared, which will be bad news for owners of fussy pets.

The price of two times of TOTM Applicator Tampons was raised from £2.20 to £3.20.

The steepest hikes were applied to the Tesco Finest range.

“These products have gone back to their pre-promotion, everyday great value prices, which removes complexity from stores meaning our colleagues can just focus on serving customers and filling shelves.”

Shoppers have ignored Boris Johnson’s advice to avoid stockpiling, stripping shelves of essential items.

Toilet roll, hand wash, hand sanitiser, meat, fruit and vegetables are hard to come by in most outlets.

People have been picture queuing outside stores as early as 5am for supplies.

On Saturday the Prime Minister met with supermarket bosses to discuss way of deterring shoppers from stockpiling.

Environment secretary George Eustice stepped in for Mr Johnson at Saturday’s daily press conference.

He appealed to the public to “calm down” following a chaotic few weeks in shops across the country.

Mr Eustice said shoppers should “only buy what they need”.

He said: ““Buying more than you need means others may be left without. We all have a role to play in ensuring we all come through this together.”

Published at Sun, 22 Mar 2020 10:42:00 +0000