Vegetarian food has risen by up to 30% due to logistics problems

Certain food for vegetarians from suppliers has risen by a third since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine. This follows from a survey of retailers and restaurateurs conducted by Vedomosti. Thus, tofu prices rose by 30% in March-April, says the owner of the restaurant “Chinese News” Stanislav Lisichenko. Co-owner of the Doubleby coffee chain Sergei Dashkov adds that distributors of imported goods did raise prices by 20% or even 25%, but Russians (especially those who managed to stock up on ingredients such as almonds or coconut paste) went up not immediately. As a result, according to him, they increased prices by about 7-10%. He explains this by the problems with the supply of packaging: vegetable drinks, for example, are not included in the category of essential products, which are now provided by tetrapack in the first place. The increase in the price of tofu, coconut and almond milk by 20% and above was confirmed by the owner of the restaurants “Meat and Fish” Sergei Mironov. The representative of the “Alphabet of Taste” noted that they have already accepted applications from suppliers and pasted price tags (without announcing the size of the increase), and said that the reduction in the range is not yet recorded. Retailers have just started revising price tags on plant products due to the delayed price increase, many will see a significant increase in the cost of such goods in May-June, said Alexandra Levkova, CEO of Volko Molko (engaged in vegetable milk, cheese, etc.).

Co-owner of the Doubleby coffee chain Sergei Dashkov adds that distributors of imported goods did raise prices by 20% or even 25%, but Russians (especially those who managed to stock up on ingredients such as almonds or coconut paste) went up not immediately. As a result, according to him, they increased prices by about 7-10%. He explains this by the problems with the supply of packaging: vegetable drinks, for example, are not included in the category of essential products, which are now provided by tetrapack in the first place. The increase in the price of tofu, coconut and almond milk by 20% and above was confirmed by the owner of the restaurants “Meat and Fish” Sergei Mironov.

The representative of the “Alphabet of Taste” noted that they have already accepted applications from suppliers and pasted price tags (without announcing the size of the increase), and said that the reduction in the range is not yet recorded. Retailers have just started revising price tags on plant products due to the delayed price increase, many will see a significant increase in the cost of such goods in May-June, said Alexandra Levkova, CEO of Volko Molko (engaged in vegetable milk, cheese, etc.).

Producers of plant products are quite dependent on some imported ingredients, explains the co-founder of the Association of Producers of Alternative Foods (APAPP) Artem Ponomarev. According to him, now they have difficulties with supplies and rising prices due to the deficit, regardless of the ruble exchange rate. For example, in autumn, a liter of coconut milk cost suppliers 235 rubles, at the peak of the ruble – 390 rubles, says managing director of “Index 0” (Sooperfoods brand) Vasily Skurida. He clarifies that Russian producers of coconut milk concentrate cost 300 rubles, but its quality is worse and they are also dependent on imports. In general, vegetable raw materials have risen in price by 15-70%: some are speculating, some are selling off leftovers, says Levkova. All suppliers have a forecast for rising prices for the next six months, complains Marina Roylyan, director of the Tashir Food non-meat brand, adding that there are difficulties with the supply of ingredients from Europe. Distributors cannot pay, and “the borders are just worth it,” Levkova agrees. According to APAPP and the Union of Plant-Based Producers (SPPRO), producers are deficient in coconut milk, butter and shavings, date syrup, pasta and powder, agave syrup, sweet potato, soy lecithin, pea isolate, starches, starch, cocoa butter, etc. Their stocks from suppliers will be enough for 1-3 months or they are not present at all. The Ministry of Agriculture does not see any problems with raw materials for alternative products. Russian manufacturers work with a wide range of suppliers, which allows them to quickly restructure import channels if necessary, said a spokesman for the agency. He believes that the existing logistical difficulties can be solved by changing the supply routes.

For example, in autumn, a liter of coconut milk cost suppliers 235 rubles, at the peak of the ruble – 390 rubles, says managing director of “Index 0” (Sooperfoods brand) Vasily Skurida. He clarifies that Russian producers of coconut milk concentrate cost 300 rubles, but its quality is worse and they are also dependent on imports.

In general, vegetable raw materials have risen in price by 15-70%: some are speculating, some are selling off leftovers, says Levkova. All suppliers have a forecast for rising prices for the next six months, complains Marina Roylyan, director of the Tashir Food non-meat brand, adding that there are difficulties with the supply of ingredients from Europe. Distributors cannot pay, and “the borders are just worth it,” Levkova agrees.

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