Expectations of sales of typical products of the Easter they are good for merchants and producers, due to the greater possibilities of family reunions and celebrations that exist today after two years of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The last two years Easter was in a pandemic; this year I see people more optimisticwanting to celebrate and I think that will be important for us,” the president of the Chamber of Confectioneries of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Confectioneries and Cafes (AHRCC) told Télam, Nestor Reggiani.
Said Easter “in 2020 was null, we were lucky to be open but people didn’t go out much, something was sold for delivery; last year it rebounded a lot compared to 2020″.
“This year, compared to last year, we expect it to be better as well,” he added.
He pointed out that heThe sales for this date “begin a week before” when there begins to be a demand for Easter donuts and vigil empanadas and that the days “Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are when there is more sales movement”.
Also the owner of confectionery La Nueva Muguet, Reggiani said that on this occasion “the variation in costs was around 60%, accompanied by inflation” and in sales prices “we went hand in hand with that, not You can’t put much more either because if not, it won’t sell”.
He stated that “today people pay a lot of attention to price” and that “an Easter egg made with French or Belgian quality chocolate is worth twice as much as one made with a confectioner’s bath,” he explained.
Regarding the price of eggs, he said that one made with pastry bath is around 3,000 pesos per kilo, while one made with good quality chocolate is between 7,000 and 9,000 pesos per kilo.
The best-selling Easter eggs are those that weigh between 100 and 250 grams, while the largest eggs, one kilo or more or chocolate figures, are bought in some cases to share with the family.
A report by the consulting firm Focus Market via Scanntech, based on a survey carried out in 670 points of sale throughout the country, indicated that Easter eggs are up to 89% more expensive this year: in 2021 a milk chocolate egg from 55 grams used to cost 291 pesos and currently costs 550 pesos.
A 400-gram thread bought at the supermarket that last year cost 350 pesos, this year 499 pesos, with an increase of 43%.
“The international price of cocoa has gone from 2,350 dollars to 2,600 dollars and Argentina is a net importer of cocoa. In addition, ingredients such as sugar, milk or emulsifiers have also had strong year-on-year increases,” said Damián. Di Pace, director of the consulting firm Focus Market.
Within the fish, another of the products with the highest demand at Easter, the one that had the greatest increase year-on-year is the hake filet with a rise of 66%, since a kilo today costs 899 pesos and last year it cost 540. pesos.
It is followed by squid with a 56% increase, today its price is 890 pesos per kilo and last year it cost 570 pesos.
Miguel Calvete, president of the Institute for the Study of Massive Consumption (Indecom), told Télam that compared to last year, “increases on average 87.6% year-on-year are recorded, with floors of 54% and a ceiling of 146%.”
“Canned mackerel, tuna and in the case of derivatives of cocoa, it is what increased the most along with baked goods,” he said.
The study was carried out on a total of 675 retail and wholesale businesses, among which large supermarkets, proximity self-service stores, fishmongers, pasta factories, bakeries and confectioneries stand out.throughout the country.