The founder and owner of Supermac’s is advising people to buy non-perishable groceries now amid fears of shortages this winter.
bei McDonagh said the war in Ukraine is having a huge impact on food production and is causing prices to rise sharply.
His comments come as McDonald’s today announced an increase in some items on its Irish menu, with a cheeseburger now costing 20 cents more at €1.70.
“Everyone has to go through it, we have to adapt and deal with the new situation – and it will balance out,” the Supermacs owner told Newstalk The Hard Shoulder.
“I would recommend people to buy some non-perishable food early on… I honestly think so [people should stock up].’
“However, I would be concerned, in a sense there could be a small food shortage towards the end of winter through December.”
Mr McDonagh said he has seen a 40 per cent increase in the cost of the beef and chicken he buys for Supermacs.
“You see, the cost of fuel and food will continue to rise. The cost of beef is up 40 percent for us, as is chicken,” he said.
“The price of cooking oil has almost doubled in the last six months because most of it comes from the sunflower in Ukraine.
“That’s not being produced this year in many cases… and then the cost of fertilizer, farmers haven’t been fertilizing this year.
“So I think you’re going to have a drop in food productivity in this country for the fall as well.
“I can’t predict what’s going to happen, but I’m just evaluating it in my own way.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/buy-long-life-food-now-due-to-food-shortages-this-winter-supermacs-owner-pat-mcdonagh-says-41873111.html Buy long-life groceries now due to this winter’s food shortages, says Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh