Tesco to stop selling major pet foods including whiskas and dreams

Tesco will temporarily stop selling some of the major pet foods, including Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree, following a pricing dispute.

Owner Mars has stopped supplying six brands to the supermarket, which also includes Sheba and Crave.

The move comes just days after a previous dispute with Heinz over a similar issue.

Tesco will temporarily stop selling some of the major pet foods, including Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree. Credit: Alamy

According to Steve Dresser of Grocery Insight, there are already gaps on supermarket shelves where products should be.

In a tweet, he said: “Re: Tesco & Mars Pet: gaps are definitely opening up on shelves, with labels indicating no stock hitting stores until July 23rd.

“All brands on Mars – Cesar, Whiskas and Pedigree.”

Speaking about the issue, a Mars spokesperson said: “We are aware that some of our Petcare products are currently out of stock in Tesco stores.

“We want to reassure pet owners that their favorite products are available and remain widely available on the UK market.

“There are many reasons why our products may be out of stock in some stores from time to time.

“We cannot comment on individual business relationships or situations.”

Owner Mars has stopped supplying six brands to the supermarket.  Credit: Alamy
Owner Mars has stopped supplying six brands to the supermarket. Credit: Alamy

Meanwhile, a Tesco spokesperson added: ‘We are focused on controlling the cost of the weekly shop, giving customers great value through our combination of Aldi Price Match, Everyday Low Prices and Clubcard prices. .

“With household budgets under increasing pressure, we have more responsibility than ever to ensure customers get the best possible value, and we will not pass on unjustifiable price increases to our customers.

“We’re sorry this means some products are not available at the moment, but we have plenty of alternatives to choose from and hope this issue will be resolved soon.”

As recently as last week, a number of Heinz products were missing from Tesco’s shelves due to another pricing disagreement.

Kraft Heinz, owner of Heinz, said it was working with Tesco to resolve the disagreement over rising production costs, which Tesco said it “will not pass on to our customers”.

The grocer first reported that there were a number of out-of-stock items in Tesco stores, with the supermarket’s website no longer stocking certain items, including baked beans and pork sausages 200g, Cream of Salad and Light Cream of Salad 605g and Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup. Cup size 300G.

The Grocer reports that prices for the Heinz range have jumped in recent weeks, with a four-pack of Beanz Snap Pots dropping from £2.50 to £2.99 at Morrisons, while a four-pack of Tomato Soups has risen from £2.50 to £3.50 at Sainsbury’s. , for example.

On top of that, a single tin of baked beans, 415g, at Asda has gone down from 90p to £1.20.

A number of Heinz products are currently out of stock at Tesco.  Credit: Alamy
A number of Heinz products are currently out of stock at Tesco. Credit: Alamy

A spokesperson for Kraft Heinz said: “We are working closely with Tesco to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. In today’s difficult economic environment – with rising raw material and production costs – many consumers work on tight budgets.

“We are always looking at how we can deliver value through price, size and packaging so consumers can enjoy the products they love and trust at a price that fits their budget, without compromising on the quality.

“We are confident of a positive resolution with Tesco.”

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