The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has warned that the rise in food prices is “very worrying”, as it especially affects fresh foods, which have skyrocketed during the month of December.
The organization has indicated in a statement that, except the fruits, the rest of the fresh products have risen “extraordinarily”, especially sheep meat (7.5%), fish (7%), legumes and vegetables (4.4%), shellfish (3 .3%), poultry meat (2%) and beef (1.9%).
In addition, he has also perceived “extraordinary rises” in some food staples such as pasta (5.1%), yogurt (3.6%), bakery products (3.1%), flour (2.1%) or rice (2.1%).
The OCU has indicated that these increases are added to those of other basic products that already accumulated year-on-year indices that had not been seen before such as edible oils, which have risen 30.5%, olive oil (26.7%), margarine and vegetable fats (11%) and fruits (9%).
The organization has pointed out that many of these products are also among the categories that have risen the most in the last year, well above the average of 6.5%, highlighting practically all those that have to do with fresh products, now including fruits (9%), as well as products such as olive oil (26.7%), other edible oils (30.5%) or margarine and vegetable fats (11%)
The Autonomous Communities of ‘Empty Spain’, the ones that suffer the most from the rise
The OCU has warned that these increases have not affected all regions equally. Thus, those that have suffered the most from the increase in prices in December are La Rioja (1.5%) and Cantabria (1.4%), while on the opposite side are Ceuta (0.9%), Murcia (1%) and Galicia (1%).
However, if the annual increases are taken into account, OCU has denounced that the regions of ’emptied Spain’ are the ones that have suffered the most from the increase in prices. The autonomous communities with higher inflation are Castile-La Mancha (7.6%), Castile and León (7.3%), followed by Aragón (7.2%), Extremadura (7.1%) and La Rioja (7%).
Below 6% are only Ceuta (5.5%) and the Canary Islands (5.8%), followed by Catalonia (6.1%) and Madrid and Asturias, both with 6.2%.
In this way and after these data, the consumer organization It is recommended that seasonal products be purchased. and prioritize purchases in the cheapest supermarkets, since by choosing the place well you can achieve very significant savings, up to 1,073 euros per year on average (more than 3,500 euros in some cities).
Finally, OCU has asked the Government that, in view of the inflation data, enable “direct aids” for vulnerable consumers, which are the most affected by rising food prices.
The organization has recalled that, just as there is a social bonus for energy, there should be a food voucher to guarantee that the most vulnerable consumers can afford these price increases.