Tesco and Waitrose have upped the price of loose bananas once again.

Both are now selling the fruit at 87p per kilo, according to BrandView.co.uk. Bananas previously retailed for 77p a kilo at Tesco and for 79p a kilo at Waitrose.

The move marks the latest in a string of recent price rises at the major multiples following the end of the banana price ‘war’ in November.

Asda kicked off the tussle over banana prices in September by cutting the price to 55p a kilo – a move swiftly matched by big-four rivals.

But Tesco put an end to the war last month with a rise from 55p to 67p a kilo. That was followed by a further hike to 77p earlier this month.

At present, Sainsbury’s and Asda still sell at 77p. Morrisons is also currently selling bananas at 77p a kilo, having been the last of the big four to abandon the previous 67p price point.

The average price of 1kg of bananas across Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose now stands at 81p – up 47% on September’s price.

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