Expensive pastries: price hike looms due to sugar supply issues

MANILA – Some milk teas, pastries and other sugary foods and drinks could soon become more expensive as companies try to keep up with rising costs for raw materials like sugar.

Sugar prices soared to over 100 pesos per kilo due to supply constraints.

What was supposed to be affordable milk tea at the Jad Tea’pid milk tea stand in Caloocan will soon get a bit more expensive from Tuesday.

The price of his medium cup of milk tea or fruit tea will climb from P35 to P29 while the largest cup will be priced at P45 from P39.

“Kasi nagtataas mga bilihin like asukal, yung mga pangunahing ginagamit namin sa shop namin… hindi man namin gusto magtaas, kailangan talaga naman magtaas,” said Joylyn Doloroso, owner of Jad Tea’pid.

(This is because prices are rising, including sugar, the main ingredient we use. We need to raise prices)

A macaron stand in Cubao, Quezon City will start selling a box of its treats for P250 from P180 also due to rising ingredient prices.

“Mga talaga price increase, medyo affected talaga lahat ng home bakers… yung egg at yung sugar, yun yung common sa bakery industry, ayun po heartbreaking siya,” Macaron Ci-Tea owner Marj Macinas told ABS-CBN News.

(As home bakers, we are really affected by the increase in common baking ingredients such as eggs, sugar. It’s really heartbreaking)

Meanwhile, others are still trying to cope with the tough times, such as milk tea shop Nak Nam Fu which has decided to keep prices stable to keep customers.

“More than ever, I am very happy with the client namin mahirapan. Pag bumili sila ng beses, tapos maramdaman nila is a pala dito, di na sila bibili,” said Nak Nam Fu Cha milk tea barista Dave Castillo.

(It’s best that way so customers don’t suffer. Once they buy and they feel like it’s too much, they won’t buy again.)

ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT

Sugar is an essential part of our dietary needs and is an essential ingredient in many food products such as juices, sauces, coffee, cakes and desserts, among others, said restaurant owners of the Philippines president Eric Teng.

“Sugar is a vital part of our food life…Life is sweeter with sugar,” Teng said.

This is why the government must help sugar producers and industry to produce more sugar locally, he said.

“We need our sugar farmers to produce more than our demand and our demand will only grow. We need more support for our sugar industry,” Ten said.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the country needed to import for now to immediately address shortages and rescue businesses that are slowing or halting production, PCCI Chairman George Barcelon said.

President Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr met with the Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers to address the country’s sugar shortage.

This is in the midst of the controversial resolution to import 300,000 metric tons of sugar which the Palace had declared illegal. Several Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) officials have resigned over the issue.

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