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The essential supermarket items that are getting more expensive in France

With inflation in France expected to reach 5.3 percent by the end of June, the prices of some of your everyday shopping items are expected to rise.

The essential supermarket items that are getting more expensive in France
Two cups are placed under an Espresso machine in Paris, France (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Coffee

Rising inflation in France, coupled with a season of bad harvests in South America, has made it so that the price of a cup of coffee will increase in the next few months in France.

Coffee groups have had to up their prices in order to meet the increased production costs after a year of bad weather (heavy La Nina rains) and rising inflation.

“We have increased the prices of our coffees by 10 to 15 percent. I had never experienced that! We have never increased our prices in five years, but there we had no choice,” Laurent Bouchet-Guillaume, a coffee roaster in Paris told BFMTV.

For those living in France, these changes will be most visible at the drinks machine. Over the next few months, it will cost an average of €0.05 more per coffee at the machine.

This is exacerbated because the primary ingredients used in coffee machines, specifically, are coffee, sugar, milk and chocolate, all of which have been strongly impacted by inflation. 

Pasta

The French love pasta, so much so that 93,659 tonnes of pasta were consumed in 2020 in France – that an average of about 9.1 kg of spaghetti, penne or other shells were consumed each per inhabitant. 

While it has remained stable in price for nearly 25 years, the price of a package of pasta has soared in less than two years. In the last year alone, pasta prices have significantly increased, by at least 43.73 percent in one year. 

This rise is particularly due to the price of wheat, which has risen from €230 per tonne to €650. In concrete terms, this means that French households are now paying about €0.40 more for a kilo of pasta, or €0.10 for a 250g package.

Other products

Frozen meat prices have risen 11.3 percent in the last 12 months, while the oils are also up around 10 percent, running around €5 per litre on the grocery store shelves at the moment. 

You might have to consider using a bit less mustard on your hotdogs this summer too, as this condiment also made the list of the top five consumer products whose price has increased the most between April 2021 and 2022 (a total of 9 percent). 

Oils are also up 10%, with a litre around €5 on the shelf at the moment. For flour, the increase has been approximately 10.9 percent, and it is expected to continue rising. Thankfully, however, some boulangeries, like those that belong to the Ange chain, have opted to keep their baguettes priced at €1 despite rising costs. 

Overall, price increases have impacted the majority of products at the supermarket, according to Emily Mayer to Dossier Familial

For French Economy Minister, Bruno Le Maire, “the worst is yet to come,” amid rising prices due to the war in Ukraine and inflation, which is expected to hit 5.4 percent by the end of June.  

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UKRAINE

France to build new floating terminal to ensure gas supplies this winter

The French government aims to have its natural gas storage reserves at full capacity by autumn, with European countries bracing for supply cuts from major supplier Russia as the Ukraine war continues, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Thursday

France to build new floating terminal to ensure gas supplies this winter

“We are ensuring the complete filling of our storage capacities, aiming to be close to 100 percent by early autumn,” and France will also build a new floating methane terminal to receive more energy supplies by ship, Borne said.

France is much less dependant on Russian gas than its neighbours, and announced earlier this week that it has not received any Russian gas by pipeline since June 15th.

Meanwhile Germany moved closer to rationing natural gas on Thursday as it raised the alert level under an emergency plan after Russia slashed supplies to the country.

“Gas is now a scarce commodity in Germany,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters at a press conference.

French PM Borne on Thursday also confirmed that the bouclier tarifaire (price shield) will remain in pace until the end of 2022 – this freezes the price of household gas and limits rises in electricity bills for homes to four percent.

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