Source: Heinz

‘It’s great to be back together’, a joint statement read

The pricing dispute between Tesco and Heinz has come to an end.

Tesco and Heinz issued a joint statement this afternoon, announcing they had “reached an agreement that will see the full range of Heinz products return to Tesco shelves and online” – bringing a fortnight of gaps on shelves to an end.

Heinz’s lorries – which had paused all deliveries to Tesco while the two businesses were at loggerheads – would ”hit the road shortly, and Tesco colleagues will be working hard to ensure shelves are filled again over the coming days”, the statement said, stressing this would include key lines such as Tomato Ketchup and Heinz Beanz.

“With British summertime finally here, Tesco shoppers will be able to get all the essentials they need for their perfect summer salad or barbecue, including the Heinz varieties they know and love,” added the statement. “It’s great to be back together.”

Throughout the dispute, Tesco took the position that the price increases asked for were “unjustifiable”, arguing it had “a responsibility to ensure customers get the best possible value”, and citing the growing pressure on household budgets due to the cost of living crisis.

It is not clear whether the retailer’s similar dispute with Mars over the price of petcare goods has also come to a close.