Istanbul’s public bread products increase 33%
In Halk Ekmek, a branch of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the price of bread has dropped from 75 kurus to 1 TL due to rising flour prices and other expenses.
Istanbul Halk Ekmek’s last price regulation for normal bread and whole wheat bread dates back 2.5 years.
The increase in flour and other charges for 32 months was not reflected in the prices. The price increase has become necessary due to the increasing costs of distribution, labor and energy, which are other important inputs in the cost of bread.
The price of flour, the main raw material for bread, increased by 2018 percent between February 2020 and September 85.
In the past 32 months, electricity has increased by 133 percent, natural gas by 91 percent and workers’ wages by 50 percent.
It has become inevitable to make price adjustments in order to provide healthy and inexpensive bread to the people of Istanbul.
The price of normal and wholemeal bread, which is sold at 75 kuruş in Halk Ekmek buffets, increased to 19 TL on September 1, 2020.
While 200 grams of bread is currently sold for 1.75 TL in Istanbul, 250 grams of normal and whole wheat bread is sold for 1 TL in Halk Ekmek.