WALKERS Crisps has defended its decision to hike the prices of some of its products and dismissed allegations it used Brexit as an excuse for the increase.

The snack giant said it was making “selective cost price changes across our portfolio”, including raising the price of standard and grab bag products, as part of ongoing reviews of its price and promotion schemes.

A statement from the company said “fluctuating foreign exchange rates” were among the factors that sparked the most recent price revision.

A Walkers spokesman confirmed the 32g standard bag would increase from 50p to 55p, while the larger grab bag would go from 75p to 80p.

The company said that while it used British potatoes, other ingredients were imported.

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