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DPA: French fries and döner kebab may become inaccessible in Germany due to rising prices

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The rapid rise in energy and food prices has not bypassed German fast food restaurants. Thus, French fries, doner kebabs and burgers, so beloved by the Germans, may soon become inaccessible to most people in the country, according to an article published Saturday by the DPA.

Today, many restaurant chains and fast food restaurants are raising prices. In March, packaged food and beverages, as well as visits to fast food restaurants, were up about 6 percent from the same period last year, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics.

Five euros for a kebab doner is not an unusual price nowadays, even in Berlin.

“In fact, a kebab should cost 7.30 euros,” Gurzel Yulber, chairman of the board of the European Döner Kebab Association of Turkish Producers in Europe, told DPA. For a long time in the German capital, the price of a portion with sauce, salad and meat was about € 3.50. The federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg now run from 5 to 6 euros – about as much as the people of the southern part of the country pay. At the same time, Yulber warned that this is not the limit and further price increases are expected in the future.

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Across the country, restaurant chains are struggling with rising energy and food prices. “Electricity costs such as electricity and natural gas are the main drivers of rising prices, and the 50% increase in the cost of other commodities such as beef has sometimes been even higher,” said the Federal Gastronomy Association. chains such as Burger, King and Nord See. Cereals, flour, vegetables are items for which companies have to pay more, the association said.

Also, although French fries are not lacking in restaurants, there are some problems associated with the shortage of vegetable oil and flour caused by the sharp rise in prices.

In particular, about two-thirds of Bavarian companies complained about supply disruptions. At the same time, in a competitive environment, as Yulber noted, it is very difficult to keep prices at the same level. “For about six months, the situation has been very difficult,” he said, describing the situation in the industry. Many businesses are no longer profitable. In conclusion, Yulber said that “in two or three months, the first doner kebabs will have to be abandoned.”

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The price situation in Germany
Earlier, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that a significant increase in electricity and food prices set by producers would certainly affect consumers. It was noted that the average increase in food prices has reached 6.2% – bread has risen by 7.1%, a packet of butter, even at discounts, now costs at least two euros, and vegetable oil is increasingly less common in some stores – its cost has increased by about 30%.

In February, compared to the same period last year, agricultural producers increased their prices for cereals by 33%, for potatoes – by 88%, for rapeseed – by 52%, and for milk – by 30%.

The overall inflation rate in Germany was at a record high of 7.3% in March.

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