Kebab prices are rising significantly – visits to snack bars are becoming more expensive
Five euros for a doner kebab – not uncommon in Berlin. This is due to higher energy and food prices. The industry fears that the first snack bars will soon have to give up.
Whether fries, doner kebabs or burgers – life is also becoming more expensive at snack bars. Five euros for a doner kebab is now not uncommon, even in Berlin, and snack chains are increasing their prices.
Food or drinks to take away, consumption in fast food restaurants – according to data from the Federal Statistical Office, this was around six percent more expensive in March than a year ago. The costs are still running away from the companies, according to the kebab industry. Burger chains and restaurateurs are hardly better off.
“A doner kebab should actually cost 7.30 euros,” said Gürsel Ülber, chairman of the board of the Association of Turkish Doner Kebab Manufacturers in Europe, the German Press Agency. For a long time, dumplings with sauce, salad and meat were usually priced around 3.50 euros in the capital. Now it is between five and six euros – a level that customers in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg already knew, as Ülber explained. He expects further price increases.
Price drivers: energy and food
Nationwide, the snack bar industry is hit by the rising prices for energy and food. “Energy costs such as electricity and natural gas are a major price driver, with other raw materials such as beef, the price increase of 50 percent was sometimes even greater,” says the Federal Association of System Gastronomy, which represents chains such as Burger King and North Sea. Grain, flour, vegetables – companies have to pay more for everything.
“Due to long-term contractual relationships, some of the price increases can be cushioned,” explained Andrea Belegante, general manager of the association. “The current price development, however, makes it necessary to check the prices of the individual products carefully.” Belegante spoke out in favor of extending the VAT reduction on food indefinitely and also favoring drinks.
French fries are still everywhere, as the German Hotel and Restaurant Association in Bavaria emphasizes. But innkeepers are having increasing difficulties getting vegetable oil. “The prices have risen immensely,” said state manager Thomas Geppert.
Do kebab snack bars soon have to give up?
According to a survey from last week, almost two thirds of the companies in the Free State complained about delivery bottlenecks. These almost always related to vegetable oil, and in every second case also to flour. “No one could have expected something like this to happen after the pandemic,” said Geppert. The companies would have to calculate their prices accordingly.
Doner kebab producer Ülber said: “Because of the competition, it’s difficult to pass on the prices in full.” He pays significantly more at the slaughterhouses and cutting plants. If he sells his skewers to the snack bars at a correspondingly higher price, they may prefer to buy from other suppliers.
“The situation has been very difficult for about six months,” Ülber described the situation in the industry. Many companies were no longer making a profit. Ülber thinks it’s possible that the first doner kebab shops will have to give up in two to three months. For the others, the costs continued to rise by autumn at the latest – due to the increase in the minimum wage to twelve euros per hour.