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In Short Supply, Greece Limits Purchase of Flours, Sunflower Oil

ATHENS – With prices rising and supplies dwindling, the sale of some flours and sunflower oil is being limited by major supermarket chains, so far mostly only for online sales.

A senior official at one chain, who was not named, told Kathimerini that the situation for now is manageable but said that flour companies can’t build stocks because of the costs of wheat.

The problem is said to be worse with sunflower oil and the report said some supermarkets are holding down how much a customer can buy, the product popular in Greece and widely used in the food service industry in bulk.

For purchases through the e-shop of leading retailer Sklavenitis, either via eMarket or efood, there is a limit of four packs for popular brands of flour products and its private label Marata.

There is also a limit on special-offer packs of popular types of flour, up to two per order and a limit of four sunflower oil orders, the report said, with the e-store of Mymarket putting similar limits, with only one for 5-liter sizes.

Online orders at AB Vassilopoulos have limits set for specific types of flour, with one famous brand’s products being restricted to just two items and there are seven sunflower oils now out of stock too.

The cost of sunflower oil has gone up 4.69 percent in the last 20 days, the report said, while for flour it has jumped 7.81 percent, with other food and energy prices going up in an effect on the world over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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