bars and restaurants ready to rise

More expensive bills for the patrons of bars and restaurants. In autumn the price of coffee, drunk at the counter or at the table, is destined to increase. And the same phenomenon is expected for the dishes consumed in the dehors, and not only, present in the capital.

Rises in commodities

“Each merchant will have to review their income statement in September. And this means that to ensure the survival of his company – explained Claudio Pica, of Fiepet Conferesercenti – he will have to find solutions to contain the increases in milk, which are added to those of energy, gas, flour “. And the way to do this will be to foresee an increase in the food and drink administered.

The price of cappuccino and pasta

After the summer, therefore, the taste of the cup of coffee will be made more bitter by the paid bill. “Today around 70% of bars continue to keep the cost of coffee at one euro. Next autumn, however, we expect an increase of 10 to 20 cents for the cafeteria, especially with regard to cappuccinos, which are affected by the cost of milk, which has already risen for six months. Instead, as far as catering is concerned, we expect an increase of up to 2 euros for first courses “.

The costs to be amortized

A series of factors determine the surge in prices: the long wave of the crisis caused by the pandemic, yet to be amortized and, obviously, the war in Ukraine which causes difficulties in obtaining flour and gas. Price increases that, in the absence of interventions, will leave a trace on the receipt. “We must also consider the surge in the costs that exhibitors face to refill the colorifiers of the outdoor platforms. They will not result in a surcharge for those who consume outside, because it would be illegal ”Pica emphasized. But the restaurateurs will still have to face it, eventually trying to “recover it on the courses served inside and outside” the catering activities.

Poor harvests and skyrocketing prices

Encourage the short supply chain

The picture, therefore, is not encouraging. “As an association we asked for a moratorium of at least six months on the loans that many merchants had obtained, but it was not granted,” recalled the leader of Fiepet Confesercenti. However, even the planned aid was slow to arrive. “The kmzero bonus to encourage the short supply chain, which the Lazio region had promoted, in many cases did not arrive. It was an excellent initiative, which probably due to bureaucracy, has not yet had the desired effects, given that 60% of the files are still standing ”. But that is the way to go, because “we must focus on making short supply chain agreements, aggregating more operators to avoid going shopping in a random order. We hope that the government will come to our aid in this because, in the face of an international speculation that is grafted on the effects of rising prices, we also need the support of the state ”.

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