Higher Prices And Empty Shelves At German Supermarkets

As inflation in Germany spirals out of control, supermarkets are being left with progressively empty shelves and substantially higher prices.

Florian Scholbeck, Managing Director Communications at Aldi, said, “Due to the situation on the world markets, we will experience jumps in sales prices that have never been seen before. There will be no empty shelves.”

At the same time Scholbeck said shelves would be full, supermarkets are choosing to just not sell unprofitable food, and with inflation reaching 10% in September, that is causing shelves to remain empty.

What remains is food giants like Coke, Pepsi and Mars pushing for grocery stores to pay higher prices to keep profitability. Grocery stores, on the other hand, have resisted paying the higher prices knowing that consumers would leave them to foot the bill.

“Not only Mars, but also many other international brand groups such as Coca Cola or Procter & Gamble are currently trying to ride the wave of inflation with excessive price demands in order to increase their returns,” said a spokesperson for Edaka Supermarkets.

The ultimate loser in this battle between supermarkets and producers are the average German consumers. “Food, drinks and even hygiene products are missing,” said shopper Leana Kring outside a German supermarket.

According to Breitbart, things have gotten so bad that, “The Federal Association of the German Food Trade’s spokesman Christian Böttcher also recently called on German consumers to limit their purchases to what they need in order to have solidarity with others so that store shelves do not become bare.”

However, shortages like these at grocery stores can be replaced by the supermarkets’ own brands, which are generally cheaper products.

Missing brand name food items could be one of the smallest concerns facing German consumers this winter. There is a gas crisis that could leave many in the country unable to adequately heat their homes.

The German government even warned its citizens that gas may run out over the winter as they even agreed to cover 80 percent of regular gas consumption with hopes that Germans would reduce their own usage.