Tesco apologised for the absence of popular Kraft Heinz products, such as baked beans and tomato ketchup, from its shelves in the UK.

“We will not pass on unjustifiable price increases to our customers,” it said.

Tesco said its customers had plenty of both branded and own label alternatives to choose from and hoped to have the issue resolved soon.

Kraft Heinz said it was battling to provide good value products in a market hit by rising commodity and production costs.

A spokesperson said it was working closely with Tesco to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

“We are confident of a positive resolution,” they said.

The row highlights the issue of whether manufacturers, retailers or consumers should bear the most pain of soaring cost inflation.

Kraft Heinz said that with commodity and production costs rising, it was seeking ways to provide value for customers “through price, size and packs” without compromising on quality.

Prices are rising after the war in Ukraine restricted supplies of sunflower oil and boosted wheat and animal feed prices – pushing up the cost of meat, dairy and bakery products.

Soaring energy and fuel prices, as well as increased labour and transport costs, have added to the mix.

Tesco said that with household budgets under increasing pressure, it had a responsibility to ensure customers get the best possible value.

In the UK, wages are struggling to keep pace with inflation that reached an over 40-year high of 9.1% in May and is heading for double digits. Some forecasters expect food inflation to hit 15% this summer and 20% early next year.

Earlier this year Ahold Delhaize’s Albert Heijn chain – the largest Dutch supermarket – removed Nestle products, including Maggi, KitKat and Nescafe from its stores because Nestle increased prices.

This month, French food giant and the world’s biggest yoghurt maker Danone said was cutting the variety of products its sells, with soaring prices forcing it to rethink how it sells its products.