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Consumers face record Easter costs as food prices surge

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Consumers face record Easter costs as food prices surge

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    Consumers face the most expensive Easter in at least five years as soaring food prices put added strain on household budgets, according to data from the Cyprus Consumer Protection Service.< /p>

    A comparison with prices from 2019, the latest available data, shows consumers could pay 50% more this year for traditional Easter foods.

    The Service attributed the sharp increase to a combination of factors, including persistent global supply chain disruptions, inflation, the war in Ukraine, rising interest rates, and ongoing instability in the Middle East.

    < p>The cost of 12 widely consumed Easter staples, including lamb, pork, chicken, and the traditional Cypriot pastry ‘flaounes’, has risen by 48.65% since 2019, from €76.17 to €113.32.

    Small, locally-reared lambs now average €12.43 per kilogram, up from €6.34 in 2019, representing a 96% increase. Minced pork is currently €6.06 per kilogram, compared to €3.58 in 2019, a rise of 69.27%.

    The price of traditional flaounes has also increased significantly. Consumers will now pay an average of €13.27 per kilogram for the savory version, up 56.29% from 2019.

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