Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Co.: the next races are scarce

In supermarkets and discounters like Aldi, Rewe, Lidl and Edeka, customers often find themselves in front of empty shelves. Oil and flour are scarce, now the next bottleneck is imminent.

Kassel – Empty shelves at Aldi*, Lidl*, Rewe* and Co. are currently not uncommon. Food shortage is one of the consequences of the war in Ukraine*. Purchases of flour, oil and pasta by hamsters do not exactly improve the situation. Supermarkets and discounters are reacting to this and regulating the sale of these foods. This may soon be the case for another food staple.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, twice as much oil was purchased in the week of March 7-13, 2022 as before the start of the war in Ukraine. Flour sales even tripled. Rice could also soon be scarce on supermarket shelves. No wonder, since popular food is a good alternative to pasta, bread and other grain products.

rice belongs to the cereal species
Domesticated plant species Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima
total plant species 19

Aldi, Lidl, Rewe: The next staple could become scarce

In addition, rice has a long shelf life and contains healthy ingredients. In addition to magnesium, iron, and zinc, rice contains vitamin E. Rice also provides potassium, fiber, and other minerals that are important for muscle building and blood formation, among other things. Today, the food seems to be getting even more popular with consumers: according to Manager Magazin, 74% more rice was purchased in the second week of March compared to 2021. This is shown by data from the IRI market research institute.

Empty shelves in supermarkets and discounters: Oil, flour and pasta are in short supply due to the conflict in Ukraine. (symbolic photo)

© Friso Gentsch/dpa

After pasta and flour: rice could become more expensive at Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Co

If consumers also hoard rice, it could force Aldi, Lidl, Edeka* and Co. to also regulate the sale of rice. Prices for groceries in supermarkets have still increased*. Rice might also be more expensive in the supermarket. This is also due to the cost of transporting food: crude oil prices have increased following the conflict in Ukraine*. There were already problems with supply chains at the start of the Corona* pandemic, when toilet paper, flour and yeast were in short supply.

First Corona, then the war in Ukraine: you can’t always prepare for emergencies. The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (BBK) has compiled an emergency list for such cases:

Food: Amount for 10 days:
the water 20 liters
Cereals, cereal products, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice 3.5 kilograms
vegetables, legumes 4.0 kg
fruits, nuts 2.5 kilograms
dairy products, milk 2.6 kilograms
Fish, meat, eggs, whole egg powder 1.5kg
fats, oils 0.357kg
Sugar, cooked meals, honey, iodized salt, pretzel sticks… At will

Experts: the food crisis due to the war in Ukraine is not excluded

In early March 2020, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warned of an impending food crisis* due to the conflict in Ukraine. He urged people to eat less meat. This means that more grains and soybeans can be grown. Lauterbach had referred to a Twitter post from Bernd Ulrich. He is deputy editor of Die Zeit. In his tweet, he talked about a global food crisis.

Eggs could also become scarce in supermarkets shortly before Easter: due to the Ukrainian conflict, energy and animal feed prices have risen. As a result, farmers will be able to care for and keep fewer chickens in the coming months – and will no longer be able to maintain the supply of eggs from Germany. (ter) * is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA.

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