Supermarkets and the Provençale have started rationing the sale of certain vegetable oils, which poses problems for various restaurants.

It is well known that the war in Ukraine also has an impact on our economy. However, many restaurants are now facing a new problem shortly after the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions. Since Ukraine is one of the biggest exporters of vegetable oil, these products are starting to become scarce in Luxembourg.

Dali Zhu's restaurant consumes 15 litres of vegetable oil a day. Oil is absolutely necessary in Chinese cuisine, he says, and at the moment there is a shortage of it. He has to go to a whole series of supermarkets to buy it, because otherwise the necessary quantity is not covered. Zhu also travels to Germany from time to time, but the oil is even more strictly rationed in supermarkets across the border.

Rationing is also taking place for food supplier Provençale: restaurants can order 30 litres of sunflower oil per day, and the price has also risen sharply. Manager Georges Eischen confirms that there are difficulties with deliveries, but names a number of possible alternatives, such as colza and palm oil. So-called hoarding purchases would exacerbate the situation, he added.

In Moutfort, the restaurants are already using alternatives such as bean oil, but this is not optimal for prices either. Either way, the prices on the menu have to be adjusted.

The federation of hotel, restaurant and café managers is also noticing this. Prices are set to rise for other food items as well. François Koepp, General Secretary of Horesca, expects a change in consumption patterns in this context, adding that in the future, people will resort to less luxurious products. Koepp sees greater access to regional products. as a potential solution to the price increase in the food sector.

Report in Luxembourgish:

Ueleg-Penurie / Reportage Anne Wolff