Supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl and Edeka are dependent on harvests.
This means that the climate can, under certain circumstances, also have an impact on food prices for consumers.
Munich - The noodle is popular in Germany.
According to the manufacturers' association, every German consumed an average of 9.5 kilograms of pasta in 2020.
The news of the imminent price increase will hit all the more people.
An increase in pasta prices was last necessary in 2007, so far there is much evidence that there is no way around it this year either.
Pasta, couscous, bulgur: durum wheat harvests too short
Durum wheat is essential for the production of some foods, including pasta, couscous and bulgur.
The grain ensures the necessary consistency.
A poor durum wheat harvest therefore also has a direct impact on the production prices of pasta.
And that's exactly what happened this year.
The inconsistent weather, the many storms, the combination of long hot phases and a lot of precipitation - all of this leads to poor harvests of durum wheat, which is considered to be weather-sensitive.
If the harvest volume is too small, the price of the grain automatically rises.
In an interview with the business magazine
Guido Jeremias, spokesman for pasta and durum wheat mills from the Association of Grain, Milling and Starch Businesses (VGMS) assumes
that prices for durum wheat will "double, and sometimes even triple".
Edeka, Lidl, Aldi: Will the price increase be popular with customers?
"We are experiencing prices of 600 euros per ton, in the seaport of Europe, but also in North America itself," said the association spokesman.
Due to crop failures in several regions - both in Europe and in North American growing regions - the durum wheat harvest is falling to a 20-year low.
The harvest forecast for Europe has already been reduced to a fifth of the average 1.5 million tons.
It is unclear whether the price increase will also reach consumers or whether German supermarkets such as Edeka, Lidl or Aldi will cushion the bottlenecks.
The possible price increase is also not good news for the employees of the supermarkets, because the number of customer assaults has increased since Corona.
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