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Ketchup and baked beans set to be more expensive ‘forever’, warns Heinz CEO

Ketchup, baked beans and other household favourites will be more expensive than in previous years from now on, warned the boss of one food giant.

Due to food and fuel shortages, the Heinz CEO said, Brit shoppers must get used to higher prices in the supermarket.

Miguel Patricio told the BBC parent company Kraft Heinz will continue to raise prices of staple items like ketchup and baked beans.

Heinz has already raised retail prices on more than half of its supermarket products in the US.

Mr Patricio said: "We are raising prices, where necessary, around the world."

He blamed the "lack of truck drivers" on UK hikes.

But even the end of temporary shortages of fuel won't stop food items becoming more expensive for years to come.

He explained that though "there's a lot to come in technology to improve the effectiveness of farmers", long term price rises are inevitable.

Miguel added: "I think it's up to us, and to the industry, and to the other companies to try to minimise these price increases.

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That's because of higher energy prices, higher wages and less fertile land.

Boris Johnson was criticised for taking a holiday in Marbella as fuel shortages and price hikes continue to bite.

He is staying at buddy Zac Goldsmith's private villa on the Costa del Sol, which typically costs punters a whopping £25k a week to rent out.

The 600-acre estate has its own helipad and two swimming pools.

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Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Times Radio the prime minister's holiday was perfectly justified.

He said: "He's also had a year-and-a-half in which he's almost lost his life to Covid, his mother passed away very sadly two or three weeks ago and he may have decided to take a short break."

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