SHOPPERS are being warned that they could be paying more for Quality Street and other festive treats.For many households, tucking into a tub of Quality Street signals the beginning of the festive period.
1Quality Street and other Nestle favourites have risen in priceCredit: Alamy
But this Christmas, chocolate lovers could be paying more at the checkout after maker Nestle announced it has pushed up its prices.
The global food giant increased its prices across a range of items by 7.5% in the first nine months of this year.
It said it upped its prices to reflect cost inflation, which has hit the food and drink industry as well as shoppers.
The price warning came when Nestle released its sales results in October.
Mark Schneider, Nestle’s chief executive, said “pricing will need to continue” when it comes to the remainder of the year.
He added: “The challenging economic environment is a concern for many people and is impacting their purchasing power.”
For the first time, Nestle has only published just the net weight of Quality Street – the weight of the unwrapped chocolates – rather than the gross weight including wrappers.
It means that while the boxes say they contain “600g net”, this is the equivalent of around 620g of wrapped chocolates, the measure used in previous years.
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The RRP of the chocolates changes every year – this year a 600g tub is £6.72 and last year it was £7.74 for a 650g tub.
This means it cost £1.08 per 100g last year and £1.19 per 100g this year – an increase of 11p.
Nestle said that the RRP is set on an annual basis when it releases the new Quality Street range and doesn’t change.
But this doesn’t mean that shoppers will be protected from price rises completely.
This is because is down to individual retails to decide what they charge.
But most supermarkets charge less that the RRP, especially when they are on offer.
A spokesman for Nestle said: “Quality Street is already on sale for this Christmas and final consumer pricing is set by individual retailers.”
It comes after The Sun revealed that Quality Streets now contain roughly 48 fewer chocolates per box now, compared with the end of the last financial crisis.
The cheapest place to buy Quality Street tubs this week
Here’s how prices of Quality Street compare at supermarkets and high street shops.
But it always pays to compare prices so you know you’re getting the best deal.
Prices can also vary day to day what deals are on at the time and remember you might pay for delivery you’re ordering online.
You can compare prices on websites like Google shopping and Trolley.co.uk – which compares the prices of 130,000 products across 14 major supermarkets.
The Latest Deals app also lets you search items and lets you compare prices at several supermarkets to see where it’s cheaper.
Shoppers that are members of the My Morrisons loyalty scheme can get two 600g tubs of Quality Street for £6.
This makes each tub just £3 each – the cheapest available right now.
Customers will need to make sure they scan their physical loyalty card or the My Morrisons app at checkout to secure the discounted food.
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