Risks of congestion: New products could be phased out or drive up their prices

Risks of congestion: New products could be phased out or drive up their prices

While the war in Ukraine and the drought have caused some shortages on the shelves in recent months, other products could soon run out.

After mustard and sunflower oil, supermarket shelves could experience further supply difficulties. Myriam Qadi, a researcher at the Nielsen IQ Institute, reveals this in an interview with 60 million consumers.

The latter provoked a rush to buy certain products from the start of the conflict in Ukraine, leading to supply difficulties in stores.

Less well stocked shops at weekends

“With prices soaring and uncertainty about the outcome of the war, many households bought basic necessities,” she says. The usual availability of oils, like most staple foods, is around 97%. , which means we found oils in three quarters of the stores. In early July, that rate jumped to 89%.”

The expert points out that the shelves “restock on Mondays” but “on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays we’re in a total upheaval pattern in store”.

Other products could soon come under pressure for Myriam Qadi. These are the “Starch, semolina, pasta, flour and rice” which “continue to decrease in availability” although stocks are not currently reaching critical levels.

Price increases for packaging raw materials

Our colleagues from 60 million consumers also point out problems around food packaging: This applies to glass bottles, aluminum cans and cans, but also to cardboard packaging.

Between delivery difficulties and prices for certain packaging raw materials, which have risen by 30 to 40% in recent months, are expected to have an impact on supermarkets. For example, Myriam Qadi mentions “citrus concentrates or chilled drinks”.