The cost of our basket of meat and fish products rose this week by 2.5% compared with six weeks ago. Three items went up in price, two dropped and five remained unchanged.
Beef accounted for the biggest price rises, with fresh rump steak up 10.4% and fresh lean beef steak mince up 6.4%.
Mince now costs 21.7% more than in mid-January, and rump steak is up 16.8% over the same period. National Beef Association chief executive Robert Forster said the message about how the decoupling of subsidies from production would affect supply security was beginning to get through to the retailers. “A number of suppliers are saying that if supermarkets are to get the volume of beef they want, at the time and with the provenance they want, in two or three years time, then they have to set the pattern now.”
Lamb leg joints rose 4.1% since the last survey. Pork chops fell 2.6%.