Nutrition: Bakers fear a sharp rise in the price of baked goods

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Bakers fear a sharp rise in the price of baked goods

Baked goods in the bakery.

A loaf of bread, rolls and croissants are on a baker’s display. Photo: Alliance Pictures / Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa/Symbolbild

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Energy and raw material prices, which have risen sharply as a result of the war in Ukraine, are causing problems for bakeries in Lower Saxony and Bremen. “The companies will have to pass on the increased costs to the customers, what is left for them,” said the master of the state guild Dietmar Baalk in Dinklage (Vechta district) on Monday at the association day of the Baja bakers’ guild. Saxony/Bremen. . Nearly 400 companies from both countries belong to the association. According to Baalk, he expects end-consumer prices to rise 10-15 percent in the first half of the year alone.

Energy and raw material prices, which have risen sharply as a result of the war in Ukraine, are causing problems for bakeries in Lower Saxony and Bremen. “The companies will have to pass on the increased costs to the customers, what is left for them,” said the master of the state guild Dietmar Baalk in Dinklage (Vechta district) on Monday at the association day of the Baja bakers’ guild. Saxony/Bremen. . Nearly 400 companies from both countries belong to the association. According to Baalk, he expects end-consumer prices to rise 10-15 percent in the first half of the year alone.

A new price increase will come to craft companies in the autumn, when the minimum wage rises to 12 euros an hour, Baalk continues. Then the lower wage groups in the bakeries would also demand wage increases. The union has already announced it.

Baalk emphasized that bakeries will justify the need for price increases to customers. “Customers feel energy prices have gone up.” Although the bakeries have fewer customers, he has the impression that these arguments are also received by the rest of the customers.

Until now, most raw materials, such as flour, have become more expensive for companies, but they are still available. The exception is sunflowers: Ukraine is considered the most important cultivation country. It is important that bakeries do not start hoarding flour. That hasn’t happened yet. But he believes that one or another baker is still thinking about it. “No one knows how long the war will last and no one knows how long the ship jam in Shanghai will last,” Baalk said.

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