Empty shelves, sales limits and panic buying – the oil crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine has now also reached German cuisine. Instead of toilet paper, as known from the Corona lockdowns, our neighbors are struggling with the supply of sunflower oil. So will there soon be no more fries as an accompaniment to schnitzel or sausages?
“It’s like a lottery game,” complained the Darmstadt restaurateur Freddy Basel (63) about the irregular deliveries. The innkeeper has one last, almost empty rapeseed oil canister – if no delivery arrives by then, the fryer will remain cold.
And even if: Due to the large deficit, the prices also rise drastically. At the beginning of the year, Basel paid 90 cents for a liter of rapeseed oil – currently it is four euros.
According to the supermarket chains Rewe, Hofer, Spar and Lidl, there are currently no acute problems with the supply chain in Austria, but they take the situation “very seriously and monitor the market continuously”. Due to the current situation, there may also be a shortage of vegetable and cooking oils in this country.