Aldi, Lidl and Asda follow rivals Sainsbury's and Tesco in slashing milk prices amid supermarket dairy price war

14 April 2023, 19:55 | Updated: 14 April 2023, 20:05

Asda said it had taken 'swift action' to support customers facing hard times with the cost of living.
Asda said it had taken 'swift action' to support customers facing hard times with the cost of living. Picture: Alamy / Getty

By Chris Samuel

Aldi, Lidl and Asda have followed rivals Sainsbury's and Tesco in slashing their milk prices amid a dairy price war among supermarkets.

On Friday, Lidl and Aldi announced the price of their respective four-pint own brand bottles would be slashed from £1.65 to £1.55 - mirroring a price drop by Sainsbury's and Tesco earlier this week.

The German retailers often compete with the UK biggest supermarkets over prices.

The latest round of price reductions sees one-pint bottles of own-brand milk dropping by 5p to 90p, with two pints dropping from £1.30 to £1.25.

Asda then announced the same price cut later on Friday.

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It followed announcements from Tesco and Sainsbury's on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Tesco and Sainsbury's announced that their respective four-pint milk prices would drop to £1.55 this week.
Tesco and Sainsbury's announced that their respective four-pint milk prices would drop to £1.55 this week. Picture: Alamy

The price drops will be welcome news to households across the country squeezed by the cost of living, as the price of supermarket staples has soared.

ONS figures have showed the price of food has risen by 18 percent in the 12 months up to February.

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Morrison's, Iceland and Ocado are currently still pricing four pints at £1.65 with Waitrose at £1.70 and the Co-Op at a £1.85.

A Lidl spokesperson said the latest of its price drops wouldn't impact farmers, while Asda said it had taken "swift action" to support customers facing hard times with the cost of living.

Budget german supermarkets Aldi and Lidl often compete with other retailers on price
Budget german supermarkets Aldi and Lidl often compete with other retailers on price. Picture: Getty

Asda CCO Kris Comerford said: "Our latest income tracker shows over 11 million families in the UK don't have enough income to cover their weekly expenses, which is why we have invested to protect our customers through the cost of living crisis and have taken swift action to reduce the price of milk as commodity prices have eased.

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"This is on top of the hundreds of prices lowered in our stories every week."

The decision by supermarkets to start reducing prices has been hailed by experts, with Laith Khalaf from investment firm AJ Bell saying it shows "some light at the end of the inflationary tunnel".

Asda said it had taken 'swift action' to support customers facing hard times with the cost of living.
Asda said it had taken 'swift action' to support customers facing hard times with the cost of living. Picture: Getty

Speaking the BBC, Mr Khalaf, the company's head of the investment analysis, said: "It also suggests that the UK's fiercely competitive supermarket sector isn't simply going to cash in on profits as wholesale cost fall, because there's always a competitor waiting in the wings to do some undercutting."

Chris Daly, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Marketing told the MailOnline that the price drops represent "a positive sign that price rises for the average weekly shop could be starting to ease".

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