Why is it so expensive to ship groceries

Many customers have already noticed: During the Corona crisis, purchases have become more expensive. These foods in particular have risen in price.

  • The corona virus and its effects have left their mark on German farmers.
  • There are various reasons why food has become more expensive.
  • You can find out which foods are affected here.

The crisis that the spread of the coronavirus triggered in Germany can be felt in all areas of life. Exit restrictions, contact bans, closed schools, endangered jobs ... Unfortunately, the crisis is also making itself felt in the shopping of everyday groceries - not only through the notorious hamstering *. A lot of fresh food has also become more expensive.

These foods were more expensive in 2020 - not just because of the Corona crisis

Update from March 16, 2021: According to the AMI freshness index (AMI: Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft), consumers had to in 2020 pay 4.2 percent more for fresh food than in 2019. But contrary to what you would think, the outbreak of the coronavirus only had a sporadic impact on the price development of the product groups. An inflation rate of 3.4 percent was already recorded at the beginning of 2020, which rose to a high of 10 percent in the spring. Above all, prices rose in April vegetables, as there was a lack of seasonal workers in many places due to the entry restrictions, which meant that fewer goods were available. Also pork meat cost more compared to the previous year, mainly due to the African swine fever in China, such as ami-informiert.de reported.

With the VAT reduction From July 2020, when only 5 percent instead of 7 percent were charged on food, the rate of price increases gradually weakened again. In autumn, the rate of inflation for fresh food only fluctuated between 2 and 3 percent. In December, the rate even fell into negative territory for the first time: consumers paid 0.2 percent less than last year on fresh food.

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These foods have become more expensive

Original article: The prices for Dairy products increased between January and March 2020. This is shown by figures from the Agricultural Market Information Society (AMI), according to Business Insider. The price for milk rose by 5.2 percent in the period mentioned, that for quark by 9.7 percent and for butter and butter products cost on average 11.7 percent more than in the same period of the previous year, the portal calculates. But also the Prices for many types of fruit and vegetables have increased noticeably in some cases, for vegetables by an average of 26.3 percent and for fruit by 14.2 percent, and are a burden on the wallet of people who want to eat fresh and balanced food:

FoodPrice increase
Apples+25%
Pears+30%
zucchini+92%
broccoli+69%
cauliflower+63%
Kohlrabi+62%
paprika+56%
Lettuce+33%
Carrots+4%

Source: AMI

But there are also foods where the Prices dropped are.

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These foods have become cheaper

For example, onions (-18 percent) and white cabbage (-18 percent) have become cheaper. These products come from stock and are now allowed to make room.

Also Potatoes* can be bought much cheaper than last year (-12 percent). Here, on the one hand, the 2019 harvest was very good, and on the other hand, there is a lack of demand for French fries and co Prices for products made from beef and pork. These have also become more expensive - pork by 17.2 percent, beef by 3.9 percent - but much more restrained, since there is also a lack of demand from the catering industry. These declines in sales are currently not being offset by private customers. To what extent these prices will hold up when the restaurants can reopen remains to be seen.

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That is why the prices of fruit and vegetables are rising

The list of worries for German farmers is usually long and it has been extended considerably in the last few weeks. Price war, lack of rain and now the corona crisis troubled farmers and raised prices for customers, reports Business Insider further. Initially, this received a lot of media attention Absence of harvest workers by the border closings. Thousands of seasonal workers were and are lacking not only in asparagus cultivation, but also in many other areas.

Also the lack of sales from the catering and hotel industries make yourself noticeable everywhere. Last but not least, the exit restrictions and the uncertainty when shopping led to many people Preference for storable products and reluctance to use fresh food, such as fruit, vegetables and especially meat, as the farmers' association complained in its situation report of April 2nd, 2020. This situation has stabilized in the meantime, however, hamstering plays a much smaller role.

The lack of income, however, is additional higher cost across from. Since grain was also very popular among storable products, these capacities were lacking in the feed markets, according to Business Insider. At the same time, the green fodder yield is lower, as the previously relatively warm and dry spring has inhibited the growth of grasses and the like. The dry weather has also made for that first crop failures taken care of.

The sum of the higher costs and crop failures are now also affecting customers and causing displeasure at the checkout. It remains to be seen how the situation will develop.

The traditional German company Haribo is also struggling with the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The raw materials for the production of the popular fruit gums became more expensive, which is why Haribo also had to increase the price of their products - major buyer Lidl will take the consequence in August 2020. (ante) * Merkur.de and tz.de are part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editorial network.

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