May 19, 2022

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Prices are "crazy" in the market and corn oil costs like olive oil

Prices are “crazy” in the market and corn oil costs like olive oil

Photo: Carta Capital

The Inflation rises to 1.62% in Marchdriven by transportation and food, causes loss of price reference in consumer mind and great confusion when going supermarket shopping.

An informal survey conducted on Friday, 8, according to the report, in the same store, found that corn oil is sold at the price of olive oil, coxsaw mole (first-class meat) for them for cod and even fresh carrotsa scoundrel of inflation in March, with an increase of nearly 32% per month and 166.17% in 12 months, for the same value of a kilo of imported apples, R$15.90.

imported carrots and apples;  The price of one kilo is exactly the same for both products

imported carrots and apples; The price of one kilo is exactly the same for both products

Photo: Márcia de Chiara / Estadao

A bottle of corn oil, a grain that has been under stress from the war between Russia and Ukraine, went for R$24.50, and Portuguese olive oil, for the same price. In the case of cod, when offered, it costs R$54.90, which is the same as coxão soft.

It is true that in some cases there are differences in the sizes compared. In the case of corn oil the bottle is 900 milliliters and in the case of olive oil the bottle is 500 milliliters. A package of frozen cod is also 800 grams, and beef is sold by the kilo.

Corn oil and Portuguese olive oil;  That the basic national product is the same price as the imported item.  take photo:

Corn oil and Portuguese olive oil; That the basic national product is the same price as the imported item. take photo:

Photo: Márcia de Chiara / Estadao

However, what shocks the consumer is that the order of importance of products, which is usually reflected in prices, has changed abruptly. In his memory of prices, Brazilians know that cod and olive oil, as imported products, always cost more than beef and corn oil, both of which are locally produced.

The chaos in pricing also takes into account the national and more detailed product comparison. This is the case of coffee, although Brazil is the main global producer.

A 500g packet of roasted and ground coffee was found for R$25.90, while a box of 10 coffee capsules to brew in the machine was sold for a slightly lower price, R$25.20. Each capsule weighs 52 grams and is therefore equivalent to the weight of a pod of coffee powder. It is good to remember that coffee in capsules goes through a more complex production process than dried coffee.

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