UK supermarkets hire ‘meat checkers’ due to spike in shoplifting


September 14, 2022 — Historically high inflation is leading to an increase in thefts in UK supermarkets where shoplifters are targeting meat. The recent increase in shelf thefts has led some stores to hire “meat watchers”.

The Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has reported a sharp rise in shoplifting from local supermarkets.

Maidenhead Town Manager Robyn Bunyan says shops are aware that due to price increases ‘at some point people will come in and take what they want’.

FoodIngredientsFirst has contacted the relevant UK supermarkets. However, they have yet to respond.

Cheese with safety label
UK supermarket shoppers have been shocked in recent months to discover safety labeling on cheese, butter and other packaged foods as inflation drives produce prices to record highs.

While major retailers have denied that the added security of the packaging represents a knee-jerk reaction to recently high prices, pointing instead to longer-term theft prevention tactics, consumers have taken to social media to post hard lock labels on supermarket brand cheddar cheese. and other everyday foods as symbols of the cost of living crisis.

Food inflation in the UK rose for the 13th consecutive month, reaching 13.1%.Food inflation in the UK
The UK’s general inflation rate is hovering in the double digits, with the consumer price index standing at 9.9% in August, according to estimates from the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

Food inflation rose for the 13th consecutive month to 13.1%, reaching its highest level since the 2008 crisis.

Food and non-alcoholic beverage prices are rising at the fastest pace this century, with the July-August rise being the largest monthly increase (1.5%) since 1995. Food inflation is driven by base such as milk, cheese and eggs. .

Dairy sector inflation is fueled by dwindling global inventories, labor losses and sustained consumer demand, even at higher prices.

Meat prices
Global meat commodity prices continued to show positive signs, with prices falling 1.5% in July, the second consecutive monthly decline after meat prices hit a record high in June 2022 Meat prices remain 8.2% higher than a year ago, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

“In August, international poultry meat prices fell, due to lower import purchases by major importers and somewhat high global export supplies. Meanwhile, world beef prices have fallen due to weak domestic demand in some major exporting countries, increased export supply and a modest increase in supply. Australian,” says the FAO.

“By contrast, pork price quotations rose due to continued low supply of pigs ready for slaughter, while sheepmeat prices recovered moderately, due to the ‘increase in import demand from some European countries, offsetting the decline in purchases from China,’ the organization continues. .

By Marc Cervera

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