It wasn't just the UK harvest that suffered this season, either. In the US and Russia, two major grain-growing countries, drought was the cause for record low harvests.
Regardless of whether there was too much rain or too little, the result is the same: higher prices for food - and the UK, it seems, is likely to be harder hit that many EU nations.
By now, we’re all familiar with belt-tightening and making do with less but, as a quick reminder, here are five of the best ways to cut the cost of food (and food waste) without losing out on taste or quality.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it: plan meals and don’t be tempted to buy food items you don’t really need
- Buy food that’s in season: it costs less and saves on food miles too
- Use your freezer: freeze fresh food that’s in seasonal abundance, opt for (often cheaper) frozen foods and learn to love your leftovers. Find out more in our guide to freezing
- Buy less-familiar cuts of meat: prime cuts (boneless chicken breasts, pork loin and beef fillet) are pricier than, say, chicken livers, pork ribs or beef cheeks – and the cheaper cuts taste every bit as good. Find out more in our guide to meat cuts
- Make it yourself: ready meals and many ‘convenience’ foods can be quite costly when you compare them to home-cooked food, so take a DIY approach. If you need inspiration, try these delicious. budget recipes