Tesco axe popular pet food including Whiskas and Pedigree amid latest pay dispute

Tesco The supermarket giant has announced it will no longer stock pet food brands Mars Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree.

The announcement comes days after the UK’s biggest grocer said it would no longer serve Heinz products.

So what types of pet food are no longer available at Tesco and why is this?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What pet food can you no longer buy from Tesco?

Mars Petcare, which also includes brands such as Sheba, Cesar, Whiskas, Dreamies and Pedigree, is either out of stock or in short supply at Tesco stores.

These are the latest items that shoppers can’t seem to get from Tesco amid the cost of living crisis.

Heinz Baked Beans and Tomato Ketchup are also unavailable.

Retail analyst Steve Dresser tweeted that he noticed labels saying that some Mars pet foods would no longer be in stock by July 23.

Tweeting a photo of bare shelves at a Tesco store, he wrote: “Re: Tesco & Mars Pet: Shelves are definitely opening up and labels show stock won’t arrive in store until July 23rd. All Mars brands – Cesar, Whiskas & Pedigree.”

In an earlier tweet, he wrote: “Looks like after Heinz; Tesco may also be in contention with Mars in the pet category… (Whiskas, Pedigree Aquarium, Sheba, Cesar, Iams, etc., etc.). Some lines are already showing that they are not available online.’

These pet foods are also out of stock or low in stock Tesco website.

Why can’t pet food be bought from Tesco?

The removal of pet food brands from shelves comes after Tesco allegedly refused to pass on price rises from the manufacturer.

Suppliers have reportedly tried to charge customers more for their products to offset the impact of the sharp price rise on their own operations, but Tesco insists it will not pass on the price increases to customers.

Tesco previously suggested the price hike was “unwarranted” given the UK is in the grip of a cost of living crisis.

Press secretary of Tesco said: “We are focused on controlling the cost of the weekly shop, offering customers excellent value through our combination of Aldi Price Match, everyday low prices and club card prices.

“With household budgets under increasing pressure, we have a responsibility more than ever to ensure that customers get the best value possible and we will not pass on unjustified price increases to our customers.

“We are very sorry that this means that some products are currently unavailable, but we have many alternatives to choose from and we hope that this issue will be resolved soon.”

How have customers responded?

Tesco customers have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the supermarket giant’s stance.

Some said they were pro-choice.

One person said: “Good for you @Tesco. Very happy to be a long time customer. Thank you for your customer loyalty.”

Another suggested that other retailers should do the same.

They said: “Maybe all the big supermarkets should unite against more price rises.”

Other people, however, did not support Tesco.

One person said: “What happened to consumer choice? @Tesco should let customers decide if they want to pay higher prices for some products, at least that’s what my cats tell me. They also told me I needed to shop elsewhere.”

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