Food prices in restaurants in Yucatan have increased, although it is not a general situation, according to Claudia González Góngora, president of the National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry and Seasoned Foods in Yucatán (Canirac).
Recently, the National Alliance of Small Merchants (Anpec) released a report stating that summer vacations in 2023 are more expensive, and that prices in restaurants increased by 9.81%. In this regard, Claudia González said that each restaurant in Yucatan makes its own decisions regarding rates, cost and operation.
She also recalled that we are in a global inflationary effect that affects all sectors of the economy. Many of these sectors provide supplies to the restaurant industry.
The president of Canirac added that in the face of inflation and the rise in prices in other factors related to that industry, there is an impact that restaurants responsibly absorb the best they can.
They are trying not to make businesses inoperable and not put at risk the sources of employment generated by the gastronomic sector.
Regarding consumption and the affluence of visitors to the state, she said that these numbers had a 20% slowdown since last May in the restaurant sector. The latter is due to several reasons, such as the post-pandemic accommodation of tourist destinations, inflation and, in addition, today Mexico has a strong currency.
Claudia González added that, fortunately, the industry in general is already reaching the levels of the pre-pandemic era (2019) and there is economic growth and positive numbers in the sector in general in 2023, she highlighted.
In Yucatan there is a remarkable growth in the restaurant industry and a greater gastronomic offer, she explained. Local diners and visitors alike have a wide menu of options when deciding on their food order. She also stated that the restaurants on the Yucatecan coast report a greater affluence of visitors and diners for the holidays.