Supermarkets in Greece have introduced limits on the number of packages a consumer can buy of several vegetable oils and flours. Sunflower- and sweetcorn-oil, flour and since Thursday also sugar are the products on the list of limited purchase due to the war in Ukraine and the price increases.
- As all media and TV channels reported about the limits today, it is a matter of hours that people rush to empty the shelves and stock these products, fearing the worst. Even people who hardly fry with vegetable oils or bake.
While, the measure was first introduced for the online purchase from these supermarket chains, that have a small share in grocery sales, meanwhile it has reached also their stores as well as cash & carry where customers buy with physical presence.
- Further price rises are expected in bread from next Monday, as a baker told Alpha TV on Thursday. A loaf of bread of estimated 340gr, sold at an average of 0.70 cents two month ago and 0.90 since the war started in Ukraine is to rise to 1.30 euros, the baker said.
The war has mostly affected the sunflower oil and flour production very ηigh prices of wheat with some traders to say that shortages have already emerged in such products, even thought the Development Minister has said that there is enough stock in vegetable oils, cereals and flour “for a couple of months.”
The e-store of the Mymarket chain has also set a limit of four bottles of sunflower oil per order for up to 2-liter bottles, while in some cases regarding 5-liter containers, consumers may buy no more than one item.
Online orders at AB Vassilopoulos have limits set for specific types of flour, with one famous brand’s products being restricted to just two items. In sunflower oil there are seven products that are no longer available to order, while in three products there limits on orders.
- Α friend told me on Thursday evening that shelves with sunflower – and sweetcorn-oil were empty at AB in a south suburb of Athens. Customers could only purchase 3 items from each sort.
Supermarket chain Kritikos has put the limit for sunflower oil, flour and sugar to 5 packages also in its stores.
The reduced stock has been accompanied by price hikes too, with sunflower oil rising 4.69% in 20 days and flour adding 7.81%.
According to some media, taverns and souvlaki grills are considering to take off their menus “fried” delicacies like zucchinis, what-ever balls etc due to the oil prices.
Now every Greek who respects himself asks:
- What will happen to our beloved French Fries deep-fried in sunflower oil?