War in Ukraine: Some groceries in Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Co are suddenly scarce and expensive

In supermarkets and discount stores in Germany you can often find empty shelves. After edible oils, the following products are in short supply.

Kassel – The war in Ukraine also affects the daily lives of many people in Germany. Experts have already spoken of an impending food crisis as a result of the war. * Consumers in Germany are already feeling the effects of some of the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine *.

Energy prices are currently rising. At gas stations, fuel prices have now crossed the 2 euro mark. But the first problems are also noticeable in the supermarket. What do customers have to do at Aldi, *Lidl* and Co. Ready for it soon?

War in Ukraine: Some daily groceries become scarce at Aldi, Lidl & Co

Sunflower oil and rapeseed oil are already rare, and some Aldi branches * have to organize sales already. Now the next problem is that they are appearing in some supermarkets – and once again a staple that has become so rare to find on the shelves – a direct result of the Ukraine war.

There is a shortage of yeast and flour again in many places, because in some branches of Aldi, Lidl, Tegut and Co. Looks like there are hamster purchases again*. A user on Twitter shared the photos and wrote: “More #hamsterbuying. I was on aldi lidl tegut netto today and no oil, no yeast, no flour..selling everything (sic)”. Several other users have also reported empty shelves. The hashtag “#hamsterbuefe” is used frequently. The seemingly renewed wave of hoarding is irritating many. “Crap. We are trapped in a time of deformity. Welcome to 2020! #Hamsterbuefe,” one user tweeted.

Aldi, Lidl, Netto and Co. – There is a shortage of other groceries in the supermarket because of the Ukraine war

There are several reasons for the shortage of flour and other grain products. The past few years have already seen a significant rise in wheat prices. According to the Federal Statistical Office, producer prices were already 40.6 percent higher in December 2021 compared to the previous year. According to the Federal Office, high demand and low harvest volumes played a decisive role here. Then these increases are passed on to consumers – the war in Ukraine sharply exacerbated the problem, because the Eastern European country is a large supplier of wheat.

Whether it is the effects of the Ukraine war, natural disasters or the Corona pandemic: acute emergencies can arise quickly and it is advisable to prepare for them. But what should you actually have at home in the event of a crisis? The Federal Bureau of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) has created a shopping checklist that will provide you with a good ten-day supply in an emergency*:

Emergency food supplies Quantity (for 10 days)
water 20 liters
Cereals, grain products, bread, potatoes, pasta and rice 3.5 kg
Vegetables and legumes 4.0 kg
Fruit and nuts 2.5 kg
Milk and dairy products 2.6 kg
Fish, meat, eggs, whole egg powder 1.5 kg
fatty oils 0.357 kg
Sugar, honey, ready meals, iodized salt, biscuit sticks, etc. at will
Source: BBK – Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance

The pandemic has also caused problems for many supermarkets and traders in their supply chains. This also led to a shortage. At the same time, there were purchases for hamsters, after all, in times of the coronary closure, flour and yeast were scarce in addition to toilet paper. The war in Ukraine is now exacerbating the situation.

Effects of the Ukraine War: In addition to cooking oil, other everyday foods are now very popular – they have become scarce and expensive. There are already large gaps on the shelves in many supermarkets and convenience stores. (Icon picture)

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War in Ukraine affects grocery stores in Aldi, Lidl and Co

In 2021, according to EU data, Russia was the largest wheat exporter in the world. Ukraine is in fifth place. It is considered one of the bread baskets of Europe. According to media reports, the war almost brought Ukrainian exports to a halt. But what are the consequences of wheat flour and other grain products in supermarkets and sales in Germany?

“We assume that this war will cause prices to rise even more,” the head of the German Farmers’ Association, Joachim Rockweed, told the Augsburger Allgemeine. According to him, farmers are also experiencing rising costs: “In the case of fertilizers, there are already the first bottlenecks or supply failures, and prices are still very high, and will likely continue to rise as gas prices go up,” Rockoid explained. This, in turn, can affect prices and availability of flour and grain products. (Sofia Luther) *hna.de and heidelberg24.de are provided by IPPEN.MEDIA.

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