Iceland boss claims shoppers return food to shelves when they hit £40 at the till

Iceland boss, Richard Walker, claimed customers feeling the pinch of inflation are telling Iceland checkout staff to stop when they hit £40 before putting the rest of their shop back on the shelves.

The cost of living crisis has seen the prices of everyday essentials soar, with the price of a loaf of bread increasing from 89p to £1.10 and milk prices increasing “quite dramatically”.

The news comes as Rishi Sunak announced his cost of living support package.

Walker commended the package saying Sunak had ‘stepped up’ and ‘pulled all the right levers’ despite one North East foodbank saying that the Chancellor’s support package was ‘not enough’.

“Everyone’s feeling the pinch but certainly the harder-pressed communities are feeling it more,” Iceland’s managing director Richard Walker said to Sky News.

READ MORE: Iceland cuts prices for over-60s to help with soaring food costs

“Generally, I think it is safe to say everyone is feeling the pinch now, it doesn’t matter who you are.

“We do serve some of the poorer demographics around the country. We are hearing stories of some of our customs disappearing to food banks.

“The reality is there is no typical Iceland shopper, averages don’t work very well because we have people who come in and spend five quid and people who come in and spend £50.”

The news comes after Asda chairman, Lord Stuart Rose, said the government’s £15 billion cost of living handout is not enough to help struggling familiar and is only a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared with the pressures consumers are facing.

Rose claimed Asda was spending £90 million attempting to keep prices low for its shoppers.

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