Greece: cheap cheese and yogurt "disappeared" from the shelves

Cheese and yogurt are becoming “delicacies” because of the sharp increase in milk prices. Over the past year, milk producers have increased its cost by 60%.

However, it’s not just about rising prices, as there are also fears of serious shortages of both cheese and yogurt. The rise in the price of feed for farm animals has greatly complicated the daily life of farmers. There is a real risk of closure of agricultural enterprises that have functioned perfectly for generations.

Prices from the manufacturer

Cow’s milk

  • 2021: 0.45 euro/l
  • 2022: 0.52 euro/l
  • Price increase: 16%

Sheep milk

  • 2021: 1 euro/l
  • 2022: 1.60 euro/l
  • Increase: 60%

Goat milk

  • 2021: 0.70 euro/l
  • 2022: 0.90 euro/l
  • Increase: 29%

Monthly price change: December 2021, August 2022, October 2022

  • Anfotiro (similar to cottage cheese), 1 kg: 5.5 € -> 7 € -> 7.20 €.
  • Myzithra (type of cheese), 1 kg: 8.5 euros -> 10 euros -> 10.80 euros.
  • Graviera, 1 kg: 12 € -> 14 € -> 14 €
  • Barreled feta, 1 kg: 8.50 euros -> 10 euros -> 11 euros
  • Natural yogurt (in earthenware), 1 kg: 3.80 euros -> 4.30 euros -> 4.50 euros.

Cheese maker Stefanos Vakondios told MEGA about the situation in the dairy industry: “The price increase for all dairy products will begin in the new year (especially for goat and sheep milk), so we expect another jump, and we haven’t bought at the new price yet! We cannot meet the needs of the population right now, we cannot deliver orders. We used 1 ton of milk per day to develop products (and at the moment less). So now we produce much less milk.”



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