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In the Bakers Association there is talk of speculative increases / Ripoll pains

In the bakery sector, they affirm that the problem is that there are no prices and that, without a reason that merits it, they come to ask any price for the bag of flour. Perhaps it is for this reason that there is a great disparity in prices in local bakeries. A kilo of bread costs between 240 and 450 pesos and a dozen bills, around 500 pesos, but in some places they sell them for more than 800 pesos.

Hugo Natale, leader of the Greater La Plata Bakers Association, maintains that in many mills “there is a very high degree of speculation.”

“It is not justified that some bakeries or confectioneries increase their products so much, but the lack of prices is a problem. Distributors don’t clearly say how much the products are going to cost and those who don’t have enough stock to last fifteen days find themselves in a lot of problems”, says Natale.

In his opinion, if the flour increases 20 or 30 pesos per kilo, the kilo of bread should not go to 300 pesos as some merchants claim.

“Always speaking of good quality products, bread should not exceed 240 pesos per kilo and invoices, 500 pesos per dozen,” he adds and clarifies that there are pastry products, such as dulce de leche and the quince that did not have considerable increases.

Although it is true that each baker manages his cost, EL DIA found very different prices between products of similar quality. For example, in the branch of a bakery chain, located in the Tribunales area, a dozen croissants are 800 pesos – another chain sells them for 880 pesos -; the kilo of bread at 450 pesos; a common crumb sandwich at 280 pesos and a special one at 380 pesos.

While in a sandwich factory on Calle 57, each common triple is about 90 pesos and the specials, 108 pesos. A third of what they cost at other local bakeries.

In relation to the arguments that some and others have to justify the prices of raw materials, Natale believes that “it is a never-ending story” and suggests waiting for the panorama to clear up a bit and the markets to calm down.

“Now the problem is the lack of prices, the millers say that they do not deliver wheat, but if the producers withhold it, we have to see who they are going to sell it to,” he says.

The leader complains about the speculation that is observed in many areas and recalls the 1990s in which some 200 local bakeries closed.

“In the center of the City it is difficult to find bakeries, we hope that abusive prices are not adopted by the usual opportunists,” he concludes.

As already reported, last week the government announced that it would study “all possible solutions” to avoid an inflationary impact from the rise in the international price of wheat, as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The wheat trust was implemented, with which an attempt is made to decouple the rise in the international price from the local price, in view of the impact it would have on the value of bread and other products in the basic food basket. In addition, the Government closed exports of soybean meal and oil “until further notice”, amid rumors of a tax readjustment.

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