250 grams of Dairygold butter now costs EUR 2.69 instead of EUR 2.39. This corresponds to an increase of 12.6 percent. The prices for Philadelphia cream cheese (January: 1.49 euros; May: 1.69 euros; up 13.4 percent) and one kilogram of crusty bread (1.29 euros; 1.49 euros; up 15.5 percent) rose even more sharply ).
The greatest increase was in the case of Mildessa brand sauerkraut: 580 milliliters from a can recently cost 1.59 euros – instead of 1.29 euros in January. That is a price increase of 23.3 percent.
The complete list of all currently available products and the price changes noted by t-online compared to the beginning of the year can be found here:
Federal government wants to relieve citizens even more
According to the trade expert Aurélien Duthoit from the credit insurer Allianz Trade, there is no end in sight to this development. He recently said with a view to average prices: “In Germany, food retail prices are likely to rise by more than 10 percent in 2022.”
The increasing cost of living is therefore also a matter of increasing concern for politicians. After the relief packages that have already been decided, which include the fuel discount and the 9-euro monthly ticket for local transport, the federal government is currently discussing further steps.
Conventional means do not work against inflation
Among other things, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to link the climate money that is planned anyway with a social component: Poorer households should therefore receive more of the annual premium than richer ones. Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) prefers to lower taxes.
One thing is certain: Such a “demand-oriented” policy can hardly solve the problem of inflation in the long term. Prices are rising because there is currently too little supply – for energy, but also for individual products such as electronic chips, which are likely to be a long time coming, not least because of China’s corona lockdowns and the associated delivery difficulties. Recently, Ifo President Clemens Fuest also criticized such a policy in a t-online interview.