Who would have thought that the 2020 shortages preceding the first lockdown were really just a taste of the years to come. For several months now, stock-outs and price hikes have been on the rise — becoming ever more widespread.
Several everyday products have become difficult to find and some people have opted for strategies to replace them. This is particularly the case for sunflower oil and mustard, 2 products particularly appreciated by the French who are now rare on our shelves.
Shortages linked not only to the war in Ukraine, but also to the multiple episodes of heat waves and the ensuing drought, which have heavily affected the cultivation of certain fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes. The “significant temperature shocks (…), and repeatedly, raise legitimate concern about the volume of production, both in quality and quantity”, warns Geoffroy d’Evry, president of the National Union of Apple Producers. of land (UNPT) in Midi Libre. “From 30 degrees, and with the degrees that accumulate every day, the potato gets stuck, it goes into survival mode and no longer progresses. What is certain is that it does not there will not be enough potatoes to satisfy all of the demand”, worries the president of the UNPT to Liberation. Several agricultural sectors are struggling. Beekeeping is also hard hit by the drought in France. According to BFM Business, industry professionals speak of a “dark year” with an expected decline in profits of 55% compared to an average year.
But these phenomena of shortages or stockouts did not happen alone. They have indeed been accompanied by high inflation which has increased very significantly in recent months, reaching a peak of 6.1% in July 2022. On the other hand, the month of August is intended to be slightly buoyant hope since, for the first time since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have witnessed a slowdown in inflation which was, this month, 5.8%.
“This drop in inflation would be due to the slowdown in energy prices,” explains the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee). Conversely, service prices should progress “at the same pace as the previous month”, while inflation for manufactured goods and food should continue to accelerate.
This slowdown in the general rise in prices should therefore be taken with a grain of salt. In addition, as prices rise, some products are becoming increasingly rare on the shelves, reports Actu.fr. Here is the list of those who empty.