Dutch bakeries, butchers and greengrocers becoming more expensive

Dutch bakeries, butchers and greengrocers are charging higher prices according to Statistics Netherlands. Consumer prices for bread, meat and fresh vegetables were raised across the retail sector last year. In the past five years, price increases were most noticeable in specialist shops. Supermarket prices rose less rapidly.

Retail prices bread and pastry up by almost a quarter
Prices for bread and pastry sold in bakers’ shops increased by more than 22 percent in the period 2006-2011. The price increase is more than twice as high as for bread and pastry products sold in supermarkets.

Bread and pastry prices rose sharply in 2008, in supermarkets as well as in specialist shops, as a result of higher prices charged for raw materials on the global market that year. Bread and pastry products became cheaper in supermarkets in 2010. All supermarket prices dropped marginally in 2010.

In the period 2006-2011, meat prices in supermarkets were raised by 4.4 percent, approximately half the inflation rate over the same period. Supermarket meat prices dropped in 2010, but in butchers’ shops, meat prices rose by 13.6 percent in five years.

Higher fruit, potato and vegetable prices
Prices for fresh vegetables, potatoes and fresh fruit increased most in specialist shops (11.6 percent) between 2006 and 2011. Yet, small greengrocers and supermarkets managed to lower their prices for these fresh products in 2009 by 2.1 and 2.6 percent respectively relative to one year previously. Since 2010, prices in supermarkets and small specialist shops have risen at the same rate.

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