During the early stages of the “pandemic”, I experienced instances of rationing in supermarkets. The most prominent examples were toilet paper, hand soap, and hand sanitizer, but rice, pasta, and other foodstuffs were also affected. The consumer was advised that there would be a limit on the number of each item that he could purchase on any given trip to the grocery store.
Last week I noticed the same thing with butter. Customers were told that they could only purchase one (or two) items of each butter product sold by the store.
Similar rationing has now appeared in Germany. According to the following report, the war in Ukraine will only make matters worse.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the Swiss news portal Watson.de. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:
Only four pieces per customer: Aldi rations sales of popular product
Russia’s war could exacerbate shortages
Heating oil, a lack of raw materials, container crises and persistent inflation are causing many consumer prices to explode. A single glance at the supermarket shelves is enough to confirm what the Lebensmittel Zeitung is now reporting: retailers are running out of sunflower and rapeseed [canola] oil, and prices are rising.
While a bottle of cooking oil was sometimes available for less than one euro last year, the lowest price is currently around €1.80. In the meantime, products such as olive oil or rapeseed oil have completely disappeared from many listings. Special offers? NONE. Aldi Süd recently even limited the sale of its own rapeseed oil brand to four bottles per customer.
The reasons are varied. The situation in Ukraine could even aggravate the situation in the near future.
“Concatenation of unfavorable factors”
As an industry representative revealed to the Lebensmittel Zeitung, the reasons for price increases are “a chain of unfavorable factors”: poor harvests, the consequences of a pandemic and rising production costs, which are passed on to customers. [Poor harvests? Then why were so many farmers bullied all over the world last year to destroy their crops by their own governments? Poor harvests — rubbish. AGENDA.]
At the same time, two large manufacturers in Europe ceased production of bottled cooking oil last year. Many experts also give the lower profitability of the industry and delays in logistics as reasons.
Delivery failures feared because of the war in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine may now aggravate the situation even further , explained Momme Matthiesen, Managing Director of the Association of the Oilseed Processing Industry (OVID) to the consumer portal CHIP. The Eastern European country is one of the most important exporters of sunflower and rapeseed. The security of supply in Germany is at least not in danger, says Matthiesen.
Afterword from the translator:
First they made butter and olive oil almost unaffordable during the last few decades so that the food-oil industry could flourish with their extremely unhealthy products, and now those selfsame products have become almost a luxury item.
Here in South Africa, normal cooking oil and margarine have tripled in price within the last eight months. Butter has become something of a luxury, but farmers are forced to discard their milk into the sewers. They’re not allowed to sell directly to the public.
The illegal milk trade with small farmers reminds me of the prohibition of alcohol in the USA. All these laws and regulations were put in place solely to make big corporations and their shareholders RICH on the backs of the “little” people.