Meat is becoming drastically more expensive: you can still save at Lidl, Aldi and Edeka

Meat is becoming drastically more expensive: you can still save at Lidl, Aldi and Edeka
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Due to increased energy and fertilizer costs, meat prices in supermarkets continue to rise. Consumers can still save money.

NRW – Anyone who walks past the deep-freeze shelf when shopping will probably have already noticed the rising prices for many different types of meat. The high inflation is currently causing meat lovers, but also vegetarians, to dig deeper into their pockets for some products in supermarkets and discounters. There is a trick consumers can use to save money when buying meat from Aldi, Lidl and Edeka.

Red meat Beef, veal, pork, mutton, lamb, rabbit
White meat poultry meat
Meat consumption in Germany Around 55 kg per capita (2021)

Meat prices: increase for meat and plant-based substitutes

Whether it’s schnitzel, chicken breast or sausage items – discounters and supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl and Edeka have drastically increased the prices for food, including many meat products, in recent weeks. But vegetarians are also looking at the prices for substitute products made from soy, peas, beetroot or other plant-based foods.

The prices are noisy by a whole 30 percent increased for many vegan products compared to last December. Here is an example list of some meat products that have become more expensive at Aldi, Lidl and Edeka.

  • Meat lovers now pay 3.89 euros for a glass of Meica’s “Deutschländer Würstchen” at Edeka and Rewe. In April it was 3.59 euros, in February it was even 3.39 euros.
  • The price of Meica’s ready-made product “Curry King”, which is popular with curry fans, has already risen by 20 cents in the last two weeks. A pack of currywurst with spices costs over 2.39 euros.
  • Chicken lovers will probably find it hard to swallow when they look at the price of chopped meat from the company “Wilhelm Brandenburg” at Rewe in Munich. Instead of 4.59 euros like a few weeks ago, customers now pay 5.29 euros for a pack.
  • The discounter pioneer Aldi has set the price for the “Gut Drei Eichen” sausage at 7.16 euros. On April 26, the glass still cost 5.99 euros.

Meat prices: Massive increase in production costs

The list of price increases for meat products could go on. On the other hand, the reasons for the increases that have already taken place and those that are to be expected in the future are more decisive.

Because the production costs for farmers have skyrocketed. The reasons for this are the increased energy costs and the high fertilizer price, which, according to Andreas Köhr from the Farmers’ and Winegrowers’ Association Rheinand-Palatinate South, has “tripled to fivefold compared to last year”.

Meat prices: farmers depend on price increases

There is also an increase in animal feed prices. As a result of the Ukraine war, this is due to the supply shortages of rapeseed and sunflowers for the production of oil, explains Köhr. An important by-product of this manufacturing process is high-quality protein feed for the animals.

And so not only do consumers lack oil products in the supermarkets, but farmers also lack animal feed. Therefore, price increases for meat products are the only possible consequence for farmers to be able to survive economically at all, explains Ute Bauer, Deputy Head of Department for Advice to Goods and Service Cooperatives at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative Association.

Meat products are becoming more and more expensive due to increased production costs.


Meat prices: discounts and freezing as a savings tip for consumers

So that meat lovers don’t have to dig too deep into their pockets at Aldi, Lidl and Edeka, they should always pay attention to special offers that supermarkets and discounters introduce for meat products, especially in May. Although the discounts could be lower than usual because of the increased prices.

Recommended to save anyway, to freeze raw and fresh meat immediately after purchase and only take it out of the vacuum packs when the meat is to be portioned. In this case, after the meat has been dabbed with disposable gloves and kitchen paper, it should be packed directly into a freezer bag with the freezing date and type of meat noted and placed in the freezer compartment.

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