According to the quoted source, the classic grilled meat snack wrapped in stick, with salad and garlic yogurt, now costs 3.30 euros ($ 3.55), on average, in the Athens area, 30% more than last summer.
Given that the prices of the main ingredients of souvlaki – meat, vegetables and sunflower oil – are rising sharply, along with energy prices, due to the impact of the war and the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chains, this This highlights some of the main pressures facing the world economy.
“The war in Ukraine has affected us a lot. Greek customers have dropped substantially, “said 79-year-old Thanasis Golas, owner of one of the oldest kebab shops in the Monastiraki district, in the shadow of the Acropolis, News.ro reports.
Seen for a long time as a cheap product, accessible to almost anyone, souvlaki has become more and more the kind of item for those on a budget who think twice before buying it.
“In the past I used to buy two or three souvlaki, today I only bought one, because it is very expensive and the salaries are low now,” says Morina Ntotsi, a 58-year-old maid who earns 720 euros per month.
The Grill and Restaurant Union in Athens says pork prices have risen by 30% in the past 12 months, sunflower oil, which is generally imported from Ukraine, has risen by 125% and electricity bills have risen by more than 100%.
“I hope the war will end soon,” said Spyros Bairachtaris, whose family has owned a restaurant near the Acropolis for more than 140 years and who, after doubling its electricity bill, is struggling to keep the price of the souvlaki below 3 euros per serving.
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