MÉRIDA, Yucatán, (December 28, 2021).- The increase in the prices of basic supplies for the restaurant sector will modify the cost of its dishes, the January slope is hard, warned the leader of the restaurants in the state of Yucatan, Roberto Cantón Barros.
The outlook for 2022 in terms of increases in the cost of inputs is not encouraging, but this is evidenced by the official figures on the update of the quota for the Special Tax on Production and Services (IEPS), which the SHCP has already announced will go from 3.33 per percent this year, to 7.36 percent next, which updates the cost of fuel, beverages and other products.
“If the excessive increases in inputs continue, especially in the so-called “basic food basket”, the time will come when the gastronomic industry will not be able to continue maintaining current prices,” said Cantón Barros, who specified that the sector is enduring the adjustments as long as possible. that it can, as the recovery is progressing little by little.
“It will be much longer to have the figures with which it was closed in 2019 before the Covid-19 will modify the lives of citizens, but in general terms, we are doing well, the influx of businesses in the gastronomic branch is good and we hope in the following months, we will reach the numbers we registered before this pandemic, ” said the chamber leader.
Regarding the outlook for 2022, Cantón Barros said that a better year is expected, however, he acknowledged that the January slope is hard for the sector, which has seen its income diminished due to the increase in prices of raw materials, the basic basket as well as the gas service, for which an effort is made to avoid an increase in their prices, given the economic situation that still exists in the entity.
The businessman pointed out that in recent months as a result of the pandemic, entrepreneurs have been forced to contain the onslaught in prices of essential supplies for the industry without applying price increases on menus.
“We are aware that people are economically hit by the pandemic and we are trying to keep prices as close to what we had in 2019 even though our margin is lower, this also with the aim that more customers visit the restaurants and recover the trust in us, ” he said.
Acknowledgment to all entrepreneurs in the food sales sector who, despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, restauranteurs are still on their feet, trying to recover their assets and maintaining sources of employment: “These have not been easy years, but we are beginning to leave the pothole, we are confident that 2022 will be much better for all entrepreneurs in Yucatán.