More expensive bills for patrons of bars and restaurants. In autumn, the price of coffee, drunk at the counter or at the table, will increase. And the same phenomenon is expected for the dishes consumed in the dehors, and not only, which are in the capital.
“Every trader must review his income statement in September. And this means that to ensure the survival of his company – explained Claudio Pica, from the Fiepet Conferesercenti – he must find solutions to limit the increase in milk, which is added to the increases in energy, gas , flour”. And the way to do this will be to anticipate an increase in the food and drink administered.
The price of cappuccino and pasta
After the summer, the taste of the cup of coffee will therefore be made more bitter by the bill paid. “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 in the case of cappuccino, which is affected by the cost of milk, which has already risen for six months. When it comes to catering, we instead expect an increase of up to 2 euros for first courses”.
The costs to be written off
A number of factors determine the rise in prices: the long crisis wave caused by the pandemic, which has yet to be amortized, and of course the war in Ukraine which causes difficulties in obtaining flour and gas. Price increases which, in the absence of intervention, will leave a mark on the receipt. “We also have to consider the increase in costs that the exhibitors face to replenish the dyes on the outdoor platforms. They will not result in a supplement for those who consume outdoors, because that would be illegal”, stressed Pica. But the restaurateurs still have to realize that and eventually try to “restore it to the courses served inside and outside” the catering business.
Poor harvests and sky-high prices
Encourage the short supply chain
The picture is therefore 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 Fiepet Confesercenti’s leader. However, the planned aid has also been slow to arrive. “The Kmzero bonus to encourage the short supply chain, which the Lazio region had promoted, did not materialize in many cases. It was an excellent initiative, which probably due to bureaucracy has not yet had the desired effects, considering that 60% of the files still stand “. But it is the way to go, because “we must focus on making short supply chain agreements, gather more operators to avoid trading in a random order. We hope that the government will come to our aid in this because, in the face of international speculation that is grafted on the effects of rising prices, we also need support from the state”.