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Food prices on the rise as inflation tops two percent

Food prices in Germany increased dramatically over the last year, with coffee and chips up to 40 percent more expensive this year than in 2010 according to a study by information service Preiszeiger.

Food prices on the rise as inflation tops two percent
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Food and drinks were on average 7 percent more expensive, although certain items such as apple juice and butter as well as chips and coffee cost between 30 and 40 percent more.

“The foodstuffs producers are sadly suffering under rising costs for packaging and energy as well as exploding raw materials prices,” Jürgen Abraham, chairman of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE), told Bild newspaper on Wednesday.

Problems with harvests and the increasing demand for food due to rises to the global population also added an upward pressure to prices, he said. These factors would contribute to a continuation of the development, he warned.

“The trend is clearly moving upwards. Customers will have to reckon with three to four percent price increases during 2011,” he said.

The most significant price increases were for frozen chips sold in discount supermarkets, Bild reported. They went up by 43 percent, while butter prices increased by 35 percent and coffee and apple juice both went up by 33 percent over the last year.

The Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said consumer prices in general had risen by 2.4 percent during April alone, the third month in a row that inflation had topped the two-percent mark.

This was largely due to increased energy costs, which rose by 10.5 percent in April alone.

Destatis said prices for foodstuffs and alcohol-free drinks rose by 2 percent when this April was compared with last April. Fats and oils as well as coffee were particularly badly hit by price increases, the office said.

Vegetables were slightly cheaper than last year, apart from potatoes which were 20.4 percent more expensive than last year.

Some of the most alarming price rises include a 33.1 percent increase for white cabbage, a 28.7 percent increase for butter, 17.8 percent for real coffee, 17.6 percent for vegetable oil, 17.2 percent for chips and 13.8 percent for orange and other fruit juices.

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POLITICS

Paris Agriculture show returns for 2022 event

The Paris farm show is back after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. Set to be held one month before the presidential election, the 2022 event will be politically loaded.

French President Emmanuel Macron checks the quality of a cow during the Paris Agriculture show.
French President Emmanuel Macron checks the quality of a cow during the Paris Agriculture show. The event returns in late February after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP)

The organisers of the Salon de l’agriculture, an annual farm show held in Paris, have announced that the 2022 event will be held from February 26th – March 6th.

The 2021 edition was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic – and the 2020 event was cut short – and there had been fears that this year would suffer the same fate. 

“This edition will not be like the others,” wrote the organisers in a statement, out of “respect for the health guidelines.” 

Mask-wearing rules, added ventilation inside exhibition tents and special measures to facilitate tastings during the pandemic will be implemented. Visitors will need to hold a valid health pass. 

The event falls just over one month before the first round of the presidential election, set for April 10th – and candidates will be sure to milk the opportunity to score political points. 

The event is the annual highlight of the agriculture sector – which employs about 759,000 people in France – and many more rely on the agricultural sector indirectly for employment. The sector was valued at €81.2 billion in 2021.

“This is a highly anticipated event, not just for the farming community, but also for citizens, political leaders and the media,” wrote the event organisers. 

Former President Jacques Chirac pioneered the use of the farm show as a political event, visiting almost every year from 1972- 2011. 

Former President Jacques Chirac inaugurates the 2007 Paris farm show.

Former President Jacques Chirac inaugurates the 2007 Paris farm show. (Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK / POOL / AFP)

In 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron spent 14 hours strolling through the farm show, shaking hands and speaking with producers. This marathon visit set a new record for a sitting president. 

Previously, Francois Hollande is reported to have paid a 10 hour visit, Jacques Chirac 5.5 hours and Nicolas Sarkozy just four hours. 

The Local visited the show in 2020 to find out why it was so important for politicians to attend. 

READ MORE Why petting cows at the farm show is crucial for French politicians

The event, which is held at the Porte de Versailles in the south of Paris, isn’t just for farmers and politicians – it’s hugely popular with the public and thousands of people usually attend. 

The full ticket price is €15, for children between 6-12 it is €8 and children under six can go free. There are also group discounts available. 

Tickets can be bought online here and at the venue itself. 

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