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Friday will see the introduction of a new Loi Alimentation (food law) in France which means prices on a whopping 800 food products are set to shoot up.
The products affected will include items such as President Camembert, which is set to go up by 8.6 percent to €1.51, everyone's favourite chocolate spread Nutella, which will see a price hike of 8.4 percent meaning a jar will cost €4.39, and Ricard Pastis, which will go up by 9.9 percent to €20.61.
The move is an attempt on the part of the government to create a better selling environment for smaller producers.
With the new law in place big brands will be forced to sell the products in question with at least a ten percent margin.
That means that if a product was bought by the supermarket for €1 it would have to be sold for at least €1.10 in a bid to make it impossible to sell food at a loss to small producers and farmers.
“The price rises will affect households by between €14 and €38 per year,” said France's Competition Authority.
At Carrefour supermarkets, the price increase will average 35 cents per product.
un produit – product
un producteur, une productrice – producer
les grandes marques – big brands
être vendu – to be sold
une perte – a loss
une hausse – rise/hike
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