Retail gives discount on products with a short shelf life

According to Rosstat, consumer prices in Russia from 17 to 23 March 2020 rose 0.3%. Sugar has risen in price on 7%, buckwheat – by 2.8%, eggs – by 1.4%. A small fluctuation in prices was reported for other long-term storage products – rice, wheat flour, pasta, salt, pork, chicken, canned meat, UHT milk and sunflower oil.

Photo: Sergey Mikheev/RG “WG” to study the prices of food in different regions of Russia

But on perishable products, prices either remained unchanged or decreased. Thus, according to the Ministry of agriculture, the average price of potatoes on March 23 amounted to 10.49 rubles per 1 kg (exclusive of VAT), which is 0.2% lower than a week ago. Carrots fell by 4.6% to 13.52 rubles per 1 kg. At the same time, tomatoes have risen in price for 0,5%, to 143,36 rubles per kg. decreased the most in price cucumbers – 6.1%. The decline in demand for vegetables significantly – with a large offer and, in fact, the absence of imports (the share of domestic cucumbers is 90%) will inevitably decrease in the cost, said the Director of the fruit and vegetable Union Mikhail Glushkov. In addition, the warm spring allows early to market seasonal greenhouses, products which further increases the offer.

Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS the Ministry of agriculture has stated that there is no shortage of products

At the dairy products decrease in sales yet, says the General Director of Soyuzmoloko Artem Belov. According to him, there is an increased demand on dairy products with a long shelf life, and traditional. Overall, the lion’s share of “milk” has a shelf life of up to 30 days. Togethere, however, the expert acknowledged that since the beginning of the year there is an increase in the production of a long-running dairy products – dried whole milk, whey, cheese. But it is connected not only with the current situation. Russia adds to reserves, which in the past year were at a low level. On the other hand, in Russia there has been a steady increase in marketable milk. “And in a situation of sluggish demand for finished products, the milk is processed into products that can be stored for a long time,” – says Belov.

In turn, shopping online is responding to declining demand for certain categories of goods. In “Coswell” said that increased the discount for the goods with expiring shelf life from 40 to 60%. “In some categories also reduced the volume of deliveries”, – added the representative of the network. In X5, however, the decline in demand for fruits and vegetables have not noticed – the demand for them is at an average level values. “And the relevance of a category fresh now, even above the average”, – told in the company.