Head scratcher for Rejoiners: Christmas food shortage in Germany – popular dinner scarce
There is a particular shortage of geese, the eating of which is a long-held tradition in Germany at Christmas, leading supermarkets and restaurants to squabble over limited stocks. As a consequence of this, WELT reports that customers will likely have to pay higher prices for the bird this winter.
Marluis Gentgen from the German market monitoring company MEG told the paper: “The market for waterfowl will probably run dry for Christmas.”
The manager of a restaurant in Cologne added: “Now the restaurants are fighting for the few geese.”
Fresh geese in particular are reportedly in short supply, with frozen goods currently faring better.
But even if shoppers, as well as restauranters, can get their hands on geese this winter, they will likely to forced to pay prices much higher than usual, perhaps limiting the classic Christmas dinner to a lucky few.
Supply issues could push geese prices up by as much as 20 percent, according to market expert Mechthild Cloppenburg.
To make matters worse, imported goose meat costs are as much as 40 percent higher than last year, according to WELT.