The owner of pet food brands Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree has paused supplies to Tesco in a new row over price rises.
Supplies of some of the brands owned by US group Mars were running low in stores and online in the supermarket chain’s second fallout with a major supplier in a fortnight. Mars’ chocolate and confectionery products are not affected by the dispute.
Tesco is yet to resolve a dispute with Heinz, the baked bean, ketchup and soup maker, which paused supplies last week in a dispute over price rises thought to be more than 30%. Suppliers are trying to pass on rising costs to supermarkets, which in turn are trying to limit the amount they have to pass on to customers.
The independent retail analyst Steve Dresser, of Grocery Insight, said he had spotted gaps on shelves for key Mars pet foods in Tesco. He added in a tweet that labels indicated “no stock arriving to store until 23 July”.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “With household budgets under increasing pressure, now more than ever we have a responsibility to ensure customers get the best possible value, and we will not pass on unjustifiable price increases to our customers. “We’re sorry that this means some products aren’t available right now, but we have plenty of alternatives to choose from and we hope to have this issue resolved soon.”
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