Prices in the supermarket continue to rise: a shopping cart is on average 12.33 percent more expensive than a year ago. Mustard, spaghetti, maintenance products and butter in particular have become considerably more expensive. Test-Achats establishes this.
Through Editorial Online
- 2/09/2022 at 16:00
The consumer organization bases itself on the prices of about 3,000 products in stores of Albert Heijn, Carrefour, Colruyt, Cora, Delhaize, Aldi and Lidl and compared the prices of this month with the prices of a year ago.
The products that have risen the most in price are mustard (+36 percent), spaghetti (+35 percent), toilet paper, kitchen roll and paper handkerchiefs (+33 percent) and butter (+30 percent).
War and rising energy prices are the culprit
According to Test-Achats, the war in Ukraine is at the root of the price increase for mustard. Mustard is made from ground mustard seeds, vinegar, water and salt. Those mustard seeds for the European market are mainly produced in Russia and Ukraine and have become more difficult to obtain and therefore more expensive due to the war.
Dairy products became 1 percent more expensive than last month. Consumers now pay 17 percent more than a year ago. Young cheese became 27 percent more expensive. For semi-skimmed milk the increase is 24 percent, yogurt and eggs 16 percent and ground emmental 15 percent.
“We mainly see that yogurt has risen sharply in price since last month,” said spokesman Simon November. «The increased milk and energy prices, as well as wage costs, are certainly related to this. We can expect that these prices will probably rise further in the short term due to the difficult price negotiations between Danone and various supermarket chains.”
According to Test-Aankoop, there is also light at the end of the tunnel, at least as far as food raw materials are concerned. The international grain price fell by 11.5 percent in July because grain transports from Ukraine again took place. Vegetable oil became 19.2 percent cheaper in international markets.