Sweet spreads inflation in the UK stood at 0.150% in April 2023, according to GlobalData’s report on the prices of stock keeping units (SKUs) supplied through online retailers. In Q2 2023, GlobalData monitored the pricing of 446 sweet spreads SKUs from companies such as Rowse, Nature’s Energy Meridian and Manuka Doctor that were sold by e-retailers. Buy the report here.

Pricing is crucial, especially in a challenging economic climate, as competitive pricing and price leadership impact consumers’ choices. GlobalData’s pricing analysis reveals that Holland And Barrett offered the lowest prices of the total SKUs within the sweet spreads category from April through June 2023, followed by Ocado and Tesco. According to the analysis, the price range of $5 and below was the most competitive, with 211 SKUs.

The chart below illustrates price leadership among the covered retailers which offer the highest number of low-priced products in the category. Of all retailers, Holland And Barrett had the greatest share of lowest prices for individual SKUs in sweet spreads in the UK in Q2 2023.

Analysis of the quarterly price data showed that Boots offered the highest number of SKUs on discount among the listed SKUs for each retailer. Among variants, the tracker revealed crunchy; peanut butter and smooth; peanut butter as the most popular (by number of SKUs) sweet spreads variants. These were priced 93.14% lower than the average price of a sweet spreads SKU.

Among the e-retailers tracked by GlobalData, the leading ones, based on the number of SKUs, were Holland And Barrett, Ocado, Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons. According to the analysis, B&M had the lowest average unit price, while the retailer with the widest product assortment was Holland And Barrett.

The report brings attention to the intricate pricing dynamics within the sweet spreads market, examining both the SKU and retailer levels, and offering invaluable insights for stakeholders. Notably, Holland And Barrett, Ocado and Tesco stood out as prominent e-retailers, providing competitive pricing for a substantial number of sweet spreads SKUs. However, to comprehensively grasp the sweet spreads market in the UK, continuous tracking of SKU pricing over time is necessary.

For a more detailed analysis of pricing trends in the the UK's sweet spreads market, buy the report here.

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GlobalData’s online price intelligence platform helps users analyze price leadership and price gaps, as well as visualize product variants at the SKU level, across multiple geographies, retailers, and categories. The platform, a product of Consumer Intelligence Center provides price insights from more than 370 online retailers across 44 countries.