Office of National Statistics figures have underlined what The Grocer has been saying for months - that food prices in supermarkets are rising ahead of inflation as higher energy prices filter through to consumers.

Back in our 8 July issue we revealed that the cost of food in the big supermarkets had risen by an average of 2.8% year-on-year, reversing years of deflation in grocery.

In our 19 August issue, we told how food and drink inflation had rocketed to 4.2% year-on-year. And earlier this month (9 September) we reported that grocery inflation was bubbling along at 3.2% year-on-year.

The ONS report published yesterday says that overall food inflation is running at 2.9% year-on-year. In particular, the foods which make up a full English breakfast are rising in price, with bacon, eggs, bread, tea bags and orange juice all registering sharp increases.

Julian Hunt, director of communications for the Food and Drink Federation, said: “Generally everybody is having a tough time of it at the moment. Both retailers and manufacturers.”

Overall inflation is running at around the 2.5% mark.