Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco hike halloumi prices after shortage warnings

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Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco hike halloumi prices after shortage warnings



SUPERMARKETS including Asda and Tesco have been steadily hiking the price of halloumi after fears of a shortage of the cheese.
The UK is the biggest market for halloumi outside of Cyprus and Brits can’t get enough of its salty taste and meaty texture.
Halloumi prices have been steadily rising at the biggest supermarkets
But Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose have all recently hiked the price of halloumi, according to data from trade magazine The Grocer.
The publication claims British shoppers are now paying £2.20 on average for a pack of 250g own-label supermarket halloumi.
That’s a 4.7 per cent rise from £2.10 a year ago.
Looking at individual supermarkets, The Grocer found that Morrisons has hiked prices by the highest amount, adding 15p to its Ebru Hellim Grill Cheese pushing the price to £2.60, from £2.50, in April – a hike of 8.5 per cent.
Getty – Contributor Demand from the UK and China has pushed up the price of halloumi
Asda and Tesco both pushed prices up in May with Asda increasing the cost of its standard own-label halloumi from £1.66 to £1.75, a rise of 5.4 per cent.
Meanwhile, Tesco pushed up the cost of its 225g block of own-label halloumi with chilli from £2 to £2.05 – a hike of 2.4 per cent.
And back in March, Waitrose increased prices, from £2.25 to £2.28 for its essential halloumi while Sainsbury’s hiked the price of three halloumi cheeses in February.
It increased the price of its 225g own-brand halloumi to £2.30 from £2.20, its 250g Taste the Difference Cypriot halloumi to £3.10 from £3, and added 10p to its Yamas Chilli Halloumi bringing the price to £2.60.
One of the reasons for the shortage is that under EU rules, the cheese can only be made in Cyprus and must be at least 20 per cent sheep and goat’s milk.
A year ago producers of halloumi said they were struggling to meet the demand from the UK.
Demand from other countries, including China, is also blamed on the rising costs.
The Grocer also suggests that prices of halloumi have been affected by the weakening of sterling since the Brexit vote in 2016.
Getty – Contributor It now costs an average of 4.7 per cent more to buy a block of supermarket halloumi
The cheapest price we could find for a block of halloumi in the big supermarkets when using the website MySupermarket.com was £1.49 for a 225g packet.
This was the price at Tesco for the “Creamfields” branded halloumi.
At discount supermarket Lidl it was the same price for the “Mibona” brand while at Aldi the price of a “Lyttos” branded halloumi was £1.39.
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As the summer BBQ season gets underway, it’s expected demand will rise further for the salty cheese which could see prices rise further.
Recently, Brits were so desperate to get hold of Aldi’s frozen halloumi fries when it relaunched them that some branches had to limit boxes to two per customer.
The discount retailer brought back the fries costing £2.29 for a 190g pack earlier this year but they were so sought-after some stores had to restrict the number sold.
The Co-op also recently launched halloumi fries-flavoured crisps for £1 per bag. They’re shaped to look just like real halloumi fries and are available until the end of the summer in Co-op shops.
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