The UK leads food inflation in Europe, with the price of food almost four times higher than on the continent, new research has revealed.

Figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development show that UK food inflation last year was 8.6%, compared to a European average of 2.2%.

In Germany, food prices actually fell last year – down 0.7% – while in France food costs rose 0.8%.

The US saw food prices rise faster than the European average, but still trailing the UK, at 2.3%.