As announced, with inflation came shortages of many necessities. Many stores are experiencing supply issues. This forces them to limit the amount of products each customer can buy on a daily basis. The latest product affected by this measure is sunflower oil.
won’t be for everyone
Rampant inflation and shortages of certain products forced major retailers to take these exceptional measures. The shortage of sunflower oil has been in the headlines for several weeks now. During one of his speeches, the Lidl boss called his customers to account. He asked them not to make “reserves” so that there would be enough for everyone.
Michel Biro, head of the German supermarket group, even asked his employees to put up posters asking customers to limit the amount of butter they buy. The presence of these posters is proof of the seriousness of the situation, if any were needed at all. Not only Lidl, but other stores are asking consumers to buy less oil.
Limited number of bottles in the basket
The news is not comforting. The main reason for this deficit is that Ukraine is the world’s largest oil exporter. With what is happening in this country right now, we quickly realize that we are not leaving the hostel!
“We are currently experiencing difficulties in supplying some of our products. Also, in order to satisfy all our customers, we kindly ask you to limit your purchases, ”the discount store chain says.
Restrictions on the purchase of oil in Lidl are characterized as follows:
- 3 bottles of rapeseed oil 1 liter per trolley/basket maximum
- Maximum 3 bottles of 4 oil blend per cart/basket
- 1 2 liter frying oil bottle per cart/basket maximum
- Maximum 1 x 3 liter bottle of sunflower oil per cart/basket
It is necessary?
Journalists investigated restrictions at the Lidl store in Perpignan at the end of March. The Actu Toulouse website also reports that this call comes from Lidl’s head office located in Rungis (Val de Marne).
According to Lidl, these limit messages are optional. They are there only as a preventive measure. The goal of the maneuver is to reduce the risk of hot flashes that we experienced during the start of the 2020 health crisis.
Poultry farming under threat
In addition to sunflower oil, the supply of livestock products is beginning to be seriously complicated. The cost of animal meat production has skyrocketed since the Ukrainian crisis. As if that weren’t enough, the bird flu epidemic is hitting “5 to 10 farms a day in France.” All this will inevitably affect retail prices.
The head of Lidl admitted that the situation is “tense”. According to the latter, some products are in danger of disappearing from the shelves if a solution is not found very quickly. At best, prices will skyrocket. Michel Biero is also concerned about the presence of a duck during the Christmas 2022 period.
As for pork and beef, the increase in prices averaged 40 cents per kilogram. In the near future, the head of Lidl expects prices in France to rise by 5-8%. We are far from the consumer price control announcements.
Faced with all these disturbing announcements, it is advisable to save what you can. Buy now what you will eat tomorrow, because prices are bound to rise. However, when shopping, be careful not to buy too much, risking throwing away what you can’t consume. So choose products that can sit in your closets for several months.