Price increases are coming in the next period for all types of meat, despite the fact that already within a year the prices have increased and even significantly. However, consumers in Chania will see increases of at least 5% more until the end of the year, as the president of the Butchers’ Association of Chania told Zarpa Radio 89.6 and Leonidas Filikozis. Kostas Fiotakis:
Unfortunately we will have a further 5% increases by Christmas. Already in the last semester we have suffered a 10% in poultry and pork and a 15% in calves, maybe even more. The same goes for the lambs. In the butchers of the Butchers’ Association of Chania, boneless beef starts from 12.5 to 12.8 euros per kilo, while last year it was 10.8. Poultry is 5 euros per kilo, while it was 4.5. Pork is 6.5 euros per kilo from 5.5, while goat and lamb start at 11.5 while it was 9.5, they have suffered an 18% appreciation. But there is a lot of consumption there because of weddings. On top of these prices there will be an extra 5% increase in the next period.”
According to Mr. Fiotakis, the problem is focused on the fact that there has been a significant reduction in production in the country, although in Crete the problem is not of the same dimensions:
“There is no production, it has decreased dramatically, not only in Greece but throughout Europe. The cost is too high, and there are no hands to work. Even though the breeders have raised prices by about 15%, they are still barely making ends meet. They slaughter and do not replace the mothers because it is not profitable”, emphasized Mr. Fiotakis. “The areas that still have some strength in lamb and goat production are Crete and Naxos. The rest of Greece has reduced its production by 50% to 60%.”
In fact, the president of the butchers did not rule out the possibility of a problem of sufficiency in some types of meat in the future. For now, however, it seems that consumption in butcher shops has increased, as more people now choose to eat at home:
“What has reduced the number of people are the tables outside. Household consumption has not decreased. Anyway, more people are coming now and we have more work because now it is difficult to eat often in taverns and restaurants due to the cost”, underlined Mr. Fiotakis.