Whiskas and Pedigree pet food is disappearing from Tesco’s shelves in a fresh row over prices.
The items are running low in supermarkets and online after Mars, the US owner of the brands, paused supplies. The company also owns the Sheba and Cesar pet food brands. Mars’ chocolate and confectionery products are not affected by the dispute.
The dispute is understood to be over efforts by Mars to raise prices, which Tesco is resisting.
A Mars spokesman said they were aware that some of their pet products were currently out of stock at Tesco stores, but declined to comment “on individual commercial relationships and situations”.
A Tesco spokesman said they were “laser-focused on keeping the cost of the weekly shop in check”. The supermarket will continue to sell its remaining stock of Mars pet food.
Major brands are seeking to pass on rising costs to supermarkets as they grapple with higher raw materials, energy and labour costs.
Supermarkets, meanwhile, are trying to keep price increases to a minimum in the face of rising inflation and a slump in consumer confidence.
A Mars spokesman said: “The pet food industry, like many others, is operating in a volatile context marked by wide-ranging inflationary pressures, and we continue to absorb these rising costs as much as possible.
“The in-store price continues to be at the sole discretion of the retailer.”