THE Argus has found the most expensive place to buy milk in the city after reports of increasing costs due to rising inflation.

After it was revealed that the cost of a pint of milk had soared above £1 for the first time ever, we went to find the most expensive and cheapest places to buy milk at supermarkets near you.

The Argus visited 13 supermarkets across the city to find out the cost of a pint of milk in the city, with the average cost coming to 83p. Prices ranged from as low as 50p to more than £1.

Customers at Sainsbury’s Local stores in Brighton and Hove have to spend £1.05 for a single pint of milk - the most expensive cost we found at any major supermarket in the city.

However, shoppers at Sainsbury’s larger supermarkets, such as its branches in Lewes Road and New England Street, have to pay 20p less - paying just 85p.

Those shopping at their local Tesco Express will also have to pay more than online or at its superstore in Church Road, with a 10p difference.

The Argus: A pint of milk costs more than £1 at Sainsbury's LocalA pint of milk costs more than £1 at Sainsbury's Local

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s defended the price difference and said it is commonplace for the price of items to be cheaper in supermarkets, rather than in smaller convenience stores, due to higher operating costs.

She said: “There may be price differences between convenience stores and supermarkets.

"This is because our Sainsbury’s Local stores are located in city or town centre locations and their operating costs, for example rents and rates, are higher.

“With costs going up, we are working hard to keep prices low. We are investing over half a billion pounds to ensure the items people buy most often are on the shelves at the best prices and we are confident our Sainsbury’s Quality, Aldi Price Match campaign and Price Lock promise are making a big difference to our customers.”

The Argus: Tesco and Sainsbury's both have a campaign to match milk prices with AldiTesco and Sainsbury's both have a campaign to match milk prices with Aldi

Discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl charge 85p for a pint of milk, with Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco matching the price.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer, both known for their more premium products, also offer a pint of milk for 85p.

A spokeswoman for Waitrose said: “We ensure that our milk prices are competitive while paying sustainable rates to our farmers.

“At Waitrose, we are the only supermarket to offer free range milk, even for our essential Waitrose product, meaning that our customers can also be assured of industry-leading standards of welfare at competitive prices.”

However, it was Poundland that offers the cheapest price for a pint of milk at just 50p - close to the average price of milk at the start of the year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

A spokesman for Poundland said they have seen more people going to the discount store for everyday items compared to last year.

He said: “One thing we know for sure is, more than ever, customers are looking for us to do what we promise - provide amazing value.

“Over the last years, we’ve transformed many of our shops to provide more of what they need week in, week out, from chilled and frozen food to clothing and homewares.”