Details on the increases were provided in social media by economist Rafał Mundry, using the Glovo shopping application.
“Some prices of, among others, poultry increased, e.g. fresh chicken breast fillet from PLN 8.95 to PLN 9.50 per package. Numerous dairy products, e.g. cheese in slices, increased from 3.89 to 3.99 PLN. ; cheesecake cottage cheese from PLN 11.99 to PLN 12.99; UHT milk from PLN 2.39 to PLN 2.49) The prices of many loose products rose, e.g. pasta went up from PLN 2.99 to PLN 3.49; shelled peas from PLN 2.99 to PLN 2.49. .99 to 2.49; muesli from 7.99 to 8.99 PLN. Beef, smoked fish and canned meat also increased – from 5.99 to 6.29 (…). Some of the bread, e.g. kajzerów from 0.29 PLN to 0.35 PLN “- describes the website serwisoscihandlowe.pl.
Biedronka, when asked by journalists about its marketing strategy related to the reduction of VAT on food to zero, replies as follows: “The Biedronka network always and fully complies with the applicable provisions of law in Poland. We will inform you soon about detailed solutions to the issue raised by the editor.”
Trying to circumvent the rules?
“Is this wave of food price increases in the Biedronka chain – carried out a little more than a week before the entry into force of the reduced VAT rates – an accidental time coincidence? Or are these actions intended to give the retailer more freedom in creating the pricing policy? Is the chain not looking for a way to not to be targeted by UOKiK, which announced that it will monitor the situation in stores? ” – asks the portal Komunikoscihandlowe.pl. The website indicates that the head of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection announced VAT inspections in shops from January 24.
Food with zero VAT
Let us remind you that the reduction of the VAT rate on food is one of the elements Anti-Inflation Shield 2.0. This is the government’s response to rising inflation.
0% rate VAT on basic food products will apply from February 1, 2022. The reduction will cover, among others: meat and fish and their products, dairy products, vegetables and fruit and their products, cereals, products of the milling industry, cereal preparations and bakery products , fats and oils, certain drinks (e.g. containing at least 20% fruit or vegetable juice, milk drinks and so-called plant milks).