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Bread prices skyrocket as inflation grips Europe

By Liz Alderman

19 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

When the price of bread rises, people feel it right away, and that's exactly what's happening across Europe as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Not even the sacred baguette has been spared.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the price of the wheat that Julien Bourgeois grinds for boulangeries at his family’s flour mill in central France has increased more than 30%. The bill for the electricity needed to run the mill has tripled. Even the price of paper used for flour sacks has hit the stratosphere.

All of which are driving up the price of a loaf of bread.

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