Spam has increased in price by more than 20 per cent across supermarkets as food inflation continues to stretch household budgets.
The salty canned pork grew in popularity after World War Two, filling the need for cheap meat products – but even it has not escaped hefty price rises.
Data from price comparison site Trolley.co.uk shows that many Spam products have risen faster than other cooked meats – with prices of the 200g cans soaring by 20.8 per cent (£2.16 to £2.61) in the past year on average, across six supermarkets.
This compares to prices of sliced ham increasing by 13 per cent – from £2.44 to £2.76 – according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.
Cooked chicken has also gone up by less, by 11 per cent from £2.09 to £2.33, while overall food inflation sits at 19.1 per cent.
And some Spam products have shot up by even more, with a variation including “real bacon” climbing by 24.6 per cent, from £2.07 to £2.58, across a smaller range of shops.
But there is good news for those determined to grab a bargain, as you can still get Spam for as little as £2.25 in some supermarkets including Asda and Tesco.
Spam made somewhat of a comeback last year as Brits attempted to avert the cost of living crisis, with sales of the pink meat shooting up by a third, according to Waitrose’s annual Food and Drink report.
It has even developed something of a cult following on social media, where TikTok chefs have pushed out recipes including Spam fries, spicy Spam noodles and Spam Katsu curry.
Others haven’t been so happy to see its return though. After adverts for Spam appeared on UK television on Thursday night, one Twitter used remarked: “Things are worse than I thought.”