Supermarket branch takes radical step due to oil shortage – “There are limits”

Currently, the oil shelves in supermarkets look quite empty.

Currently, the oil shelves in supermarkets look quite empty.Picture: rtn – radio tele nord / rtn, frank bründel

Due to the rise in prices caused by the war in Ukraine, some people stand in front of empty supermarket shelves. Particularly affected are pasta, flour, but also cooking oil. For commercially available rapeseed or sunflower oil, which normally costs less than one euro, some supermarkets charge up to 4.99 euros a bottle.

There are many different reactions to rising food prices in Germany: panic buying by customers, rationing by supermarkets. Now an Edeka supermarket has gone one step further.

Anja Müller, market operator at an Edeka branch in Trendelburg in northern Hesse, is completely removing the cooking oil from the stove. At his store, he placed a note on the empty shelf, which a customer later posted on Facebook.

In the statement, the market operator explains that it wants to distance itself from “these prices”. Until the branch can buy cooking oil at “reasonable prices” again, customers must turn to other alternatives. She refers to several drips on the cooldown.

Anja Müller told RTL that she did not expect to “get such a ball rolling”. According to their own statements, their customers understand and like the boycott.

The head of the Edeka market cannot reconcile the price of oil with conscience

He also noted that oil is now being sold on eBay. She wanted to “do commercial business every day, without a black market”:

“I just want to do my day job here, with no black market. I can’t reconcile that with my conscience.”

But Anja Müller also wants to protect her employees with the boycott campaign. Although many customers would understand, there were always people who approached the employees of the branch. For example, they are said to have been accused of enriching themselves from high prices or to get the oil yourself cheaper. According to Müller, this is not true, the profit margin from the sale of the oil in general has not increased.

Other supermarkets and discount stores are also reacting to bottlenecks and rationing products, for example. At an Edeka branch in Braunschweig, for example, cooking oil now appears to be in lockable cabinets. These are usually for very expensive bottles of alcohol, costing much more than regular cooking oil.


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