“Everything went up”: dining rooms sank due to rising food prices

Chicken, oil, corn, beans, rice, vegetables, bread, pork, and potatoes are among the food supplies that are becoming more expensive, as well as those that are disposable.

“Everything went up” was the response of all the dining room owners they spoke with during a tour of El Diario de Hoy to ask them about the most expensive food products they buy and how it affects their business.

“We buy corn at $30 a quintal and what one can do; it’s time to make the tortillas a little smaller or a little thinner, but we keep five of them for $0.25, or else people won’t buy them,” explains Paula Escobar, who has been selling tortillas and virgins since she was At the age of ten.

Market sellers are upset that inflation in the prices of the underlying basket is having a huge impact on their business and sales. “We only sell half,” shopkeepers say, “when we tell them the prices, customers get scared.”

Patricia de Gonzalez, another food merchant on the outskirts of San Miguelito Market in San Salvador, asserts that she has had to reduce the portions on her plate so as not to increase the price.

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“Everything is more expensive. Before they gave him up to seven güisquiles for one dollar and now the little güisquil costs him $0.50; A pound of chicken is up at least $0.10 a pound, and those who buy from us don’t say why everything is so expensive, but since you have to buy and pay, one also realizes that people don’t have much to buy,” Patricia.

In the areas around San Miguelito Market, food plates vary in price and can be found from $1.50 if they give you a filling of some vegetables, rice, a fresh salad and a couple of tortillas, but if you want fresh it’s more than $0.25; The merchant explains that if you buy a chicken dish with the same accessories, it can cost between $2 and $2.25, depending on which piece of chicken the customer wants.

This is the strategy they use in most food companies. “We give a little food or replace some food with another, so that we are not affected by it. Everything has been going up since the epidemic, but the last few months have been worse and there will come a time when the price of the dish will have to be raised, because this is not improving,” says another dealer who asked not to So. Quoted.

Marta Arevalo, 67, makes tortillas and virgins in Mercado San Miguelito, San Salvador. Photo: HRE/Menly Cortez

“I feel frustrated”

Marta Arevalo is 67 years old and has worked her whole life making tortillas and puppies. She says she is disappointed with this situation, as they hardly earn any income to eat.

“My age is what I should be here, because my mother brought me three months and with this situation I am disappointed, everything we buy has gone up: 1 dollar bag of Lorocos is now 4 dollars, oil loaded,” Marta comments.

At other businesses near the mayor’s office in San Salvador, merchants like Rosa Segovia say she can’t put a price on a plate of food, because the costs of the produce she buys go up every week.

“Everything has increased; one makes sacrifices because there are obligations to pay, plus here I am creating five jobs, apart from myself, even if it is few but the ladies need income and I had to increase $0.10 or $0.15 per plate of food, otherwise it Rose explains.

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For his part, a cake dealer in central San Salvador, who identified himself only as Melvin, said he had to increase prices between $0.25 and $0.50 per cake.

“Everything has gone up, bread gives me one for less than a dollar, cabbage used to cost a dollar and now $2.50, which is why the bun we used to give for two should now be $2.50,” he adds.

business closing

Another dealer who was selling typical snacks in the center of the capital commented that two months ago he had to close it because it only incurred losses.

“I had a snack shop and had to close it down, because the product is too expensive; I gave the empanada for $0.25 and had to increase it by $0.10, but that way people didn’t want to buy it from me; he also sold french fries, but every quintal of potatoes cost $95 and before it’s $40, imagine the increase!And people don’t pay for a little two-dollar plate of french fries, because when I get the cost of oil, cheese, sauce, mayonnaise, chopsticks, salt, disposable plate, and my business, it loses; I had to shut down,” lamented CF, who asked not to be named to avoid problems.

When merchants ask why they think product prices have gone up so much, most say it’s because of the fuel price hike. If oil rises, the price of the underlying basket will rise. The sausage supplier told me that because there is inflation, the cost of the process increases, so they give me the most expensive product, ”explained Melvin.

Food companies at the San Miguelito Market, in San Salvador, are suffering from soaring food prices. Photo: HRE/Menly Cortez

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