The abnormally hot weather established in the European part of Russia may lead to a rise in prices for a number of products, said Ivan Fedyakov, General Director of the INFOLine information and analytical agency, in an interview with Sputnik radio.
The expert named three groups of such goods. The first one is products for which demand has jumped. In particular, these are ice cream, soft drinks, beer. Fedyakov explained that the situation could worsen if there are not enough stocks of these goods in warehouses.
The second category is products that require a certain temperature during transportation and storage, including butter and frozen convenience foods. “For their storage and transportation, trite more energy is required, refrigerators require more resources to maintain the required temperature,” Fedyakov emphasized.
The third group of goods that may rise in price relates to animal husbandry. According to the expert, due to the abnormal heat, the animals begin to move less, eat less, and therefore reduce milk yield and the weight of animals. All this naturally entails a decrease in production indicators and, as a consequence, an increase in prices for these products.
Earlier, the chairman of the Union of Consumers of Russia, Pyotr Shelishch, warned Russians about the rise in prices for everyday products by the fall. According to him, “absolutely everything” can rise in price.
The State Duma believes that an increase in prices for basic foodstuffs should not be expected. Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship Sergei Zhigarev called Shelishch’s statement stupidity.