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Food News Roundup

Too small for a full blog post but too large to ignore.  Here are the latest tidbits from various news sources:

1.   As we all know, winter is almost over and we have not had the greatest rainfall this season.  What does that mean?  Farmers will have to purchase water instead of relying on the rainfall leading to increased prices for fruits, vegetables, locally-produced meat, and milk.   Source: NRG

2.   Ayelet Shaked’s bill to increase the punishment for trespassing private agricultural land passed the second and third reading.  Judges will now be able to sentence trespassers up to six months in jail.  For those of you who are not aware, the beef industry has been slowly strangled by Bedouins who trespass and damage farmers’ property in the hopes that they will leave and the Bedouins will then take over the land.  Hashomer Hahadash was formed to defend the farmers’ land and has an overwhelming amount of requests for help.  I highly recommend becoming acquainted with this organization.  You can learn about them from these videos:

If you were wondering what happened to Zionism in Israel, it is here with Hashomer Hahadash.  Source: Facebook

3.   The fighting between Co-op shop and Tnuva continues.  Co-op purchased minimarkets in the “periphery” and claims that Tnuva won’t supply dairy products to them.  Tnuva claims that Co-op won’t pay their bill.  The court ruled that Tnuva has to supply the periphery with dairy products and Co-op has to pay their bill. Next on the agenda- peace in the Middle East.  Source: Ynet

4.   Rumors abound that Tnuva will be sold to the Chinese company Bright Food.  The farmers protest.  Will this lower the price of food?  Not likely.  Source: Ynet

5.   In case you think I am picking on Tnuva, this latest story is about Shufersal.  In December, the Customs Authority increased the amount of items that can be brought in with tax, including apples.  Shufersal has decided to completely eliminate locally-grown apples in their stores since then.  You might think that therefore the prices have gone down, but they have actually gone up significantly:

מחירי תפוחים בשופרסל. 2013: תוצרת הארץ וייבוא נטול מכס. 2014: רק ייבוא נטול מכס
מחיר ממוצע לק”ג/בשקלים ינואר פברואר תחילת מרס
מחירי מוזהב ב-2013 7.99 7.17 7.29
מחירי מוזהב ב-2014 9.90 9.9 9.92
שיעור התייקרות 23% 38% 36%
מחירי גרנד סמית ב-2013 7.99 7.31 7.70
מחירי גרנד סמית ב-2014 9.17 9.90 9.72
שיעור התייקרות 14% 35% 26%
מחירי סטארקינג ב-2013 8.12 7.92 7.31
מחירי סטארקינג ב-2014 9.17 8.86 9.37
שיעור ההתייקרות 12% 11% 18%
מחירי פינק קריפס 2013 8.44 8.99 10.95
מחירי פינק קריפס 2014 13.15 13.19 11.26
שיעור ההתייקרות 56% 46% 3%

In January, prices of apples jumped up between 12% and 56% while Shufersal (like all other supermarkets) are not paying customs duties!  So much for opening the borders to lower prices (do you remember who said that? Hint: it was in a previous blog post).  Source: Ynet

6.   This last item might come as no surprise to everyone- people are not buying as much as they used to in the supermarkets!  Even with “dramatic sales”, the food is not flying off the shelves.

מכירות כספיות מכירות כמותיות
כלל השוק 2.5%- 4.5%-
שופרסל ומגה 5.6%- 7.9%-
רשתות אחרות (כרמי לוי, יינות ביתן, ויקטורי) 1.7%- 4.7%-
מינימרקטים פרטיים 3.1% 4%

Shufersal and Mega have lost the most, while the private minimarket has actually gained.  The charedi supermarket chains have also increased their percentage of the market, possibly because of the lower prices.    Source: Ynet

While I don’t really feel sorry for the supermarket chains, especially after seeing their “dramatic sales” of apples in the previous article, I really don’t feel bad for them because very soon their sales will be sky high within the next few weeks for Pesach.

That’s all for today.  Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Food News Roundup

  1. joshinariel on said:

    IMO, the lower sales in February can be ‘blamed’ directly on the fact that Purim, and shopping for Purim this year fell only in March, while last year it was in the middle of Feb.
    The item about the apples is crazy. I also noticed more imported apples at Osher Ad. Frankly, I don’t much like the local varieties, but I share your concern.

    • Personally, I was really hoping that opening the doors for imports would significantly lower prices. I am saddened to see that the consumer is so weak here.

      • joshinariel on said:

        I think the price of cooking oil has gone down. I think that the regular price I used to buy a litre of Israeli canola at the large private stores used to be 8-9NIS, with no discount for buying the larger bottles (which was absurd but probably a factor of the smaller bottles being cheaper to produce). But during the last year, I’ve noticed a lot of imported canola – from all over Europe going for 5.9-7, so much so that I rarely see the Milomor Israeli brand anymore, though tonight I saw it for 6.9
        I admit that I am biased against buying European stuff, partly because who really knows about all those small hechshers even if they have some badatz and prefer Israeli any day of the week, especially on Shabbat.
        Taaman seems to bring in a lot of imported stuff, but the unified packaging leaves a lot to desire, and we do buy food depending on the packaging.
        But I will join you in being frustrated and disappointed that imported stuff from the US has not become cheaper, especially with the dropping dollar. I remember when For instance, Heinz was always cheaper than Osem, even when the dollar was over 4NIS but it all changed when the importer started massive asvertising campaigns (which of course cost a lot of money) and the price has even gone up while the dollar has dropped. At least Osher Ad took the initiative to privately import Heinz in massive 3kg containers which come out to the price of the Rami Levi private label ketchup, which at least 25% cheaper than Osem.

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