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Lavazza in talks with UK retailers over costs as inflation bites

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The coffee maker Lavazza says it is is in talks with retailers about how to manage its soaring costs as almost a third of UK businesses predict they are likely to increase the price of their goods or services next month.Pietro Mazzà the UK general manager of Lavazza, said the cost of a 1kg bag of whole Lavazza beans had increased by £2 in the past 14-16 months to about £12 as the price of green beans and components for equipment rose.“We have seen an 80% average increase in the cost of green beans in a year,” Mazza said. “We are all facing tough times.

The situation is troubling and will be for some time, so we need to keep the conversation [with retailers] as free and open as possible.”A Lavazza spokesperson said the increase in the price of raw materials would have “a knock-on effect of the cost of coffee for retailers, and subsequently for consumers”.The comments come after Heinz paused supply of its goods to Tesco, leaving some shelves in stores and its online shop out of stock in some areas after a row over price rises.Brands and retailers are wrestling with how to deal with surging costs, amid substantial inflation on energy, freight costs, ingredients such as tomatoes and cooking oil and packaging materials such as cardboard and cans.Retailers have told shoppers to expect price rises to continue into the autumn and potentially next year as they are forced to pass on cost increases.According to the latest Office for National Statistics data published on Thursday, 30% of businesses expect to increase the price of goods or services they sell in July, with energy prices still reported as the main factor.Half of all businesses said their prices had increased in May from April 2022, with the figure rising to more than

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