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Sausages will double in price at a leading German supermarket, which is raising prices to show the so-called hidden health and environmental costs of food.

Penny, which has about 2,150 stores throughout Germany, will temporarily raise the price of nine of its products to reflect the real cost of the staple items when their impact on public health and the environment are taken into account.

How much will they raise organic prices by to reflect the land costs there?

26 thoughts on “What a fun game”

  1. Penny needs to be driven out of business. They should concentrate on delivering what their paying customers want not pander to the prod-noses and wokery shite.

  2. So they’re not going to be selling any of them, are they? Those put on display will be mostly headed for the bin. How environmentally beneficial!
    It’s going to be interesting seeing the revealed preferences of German consumers in Penny’s next year’s figures though. Could be another Bud Light in the making.

  3. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    Wasting land on organic farming is good because ZE DWELLING PODS VILL HAV TO BE SMALLER! And it comes VIZ MORE BUGZ TO EAT!

  4. “… to reflect the real cost of the staple items when their impact on public health and the environment are taken into account.”

    And who said the Germans didn’t have a sense of humour?

  5. Sausages are *so* bad for public health. Consequently all Germans dies out centuries ago and the two world wars are just a piece of fantasy fiction.

  6. We know it’s all orchids:

    “Data released by the World Health Organisation in 2014 showed that while an issue of growing concern, within the European Union, Germany had an incidence of overweight and obese adults as a percentage of the total population at 54.8% as in comparison with France at 60.7%, Spain at 60.9% or the United Kingdom at 63.4%.

    I wouldn’t be suprised if they are including flatulence in their environmental impact.

  7. Bloke In T'Yorkshire

    Let’s hope cheese is not affected, otherwise, it will be…

    …the wurst-kase scenario.

    Heads for the cloakroom.

  8. And where does the money made from the price increase go? Locally they made shops charge for bags, the money going straight to the shops. Also caused an interesting problem when homeless people with food vouchers were told they had to pay for bags to take the food away and they had to scramble to ‘clarify’ the rules

  9. Why does it need a solution? It’s obviously not a problem to the people doing the eating. Why’s it anyone else’s? (You might want to acquaint yourself with how the German health system operates)

  10. ‘United Kingdom at 63.4%’. Naturally WHO has to sink the boot into you UKlanders, Addolff.

    ‘Why’s it anyone else’s?’ Must admit I do like that way of looking at things, BiS.

  11. Board of Penny need to read Tim’s former colleague’s Telegraph article

    As do most large UK firms. Andrew is spot on:

    Andrew Orlowski: Only ruthless executives can dismantle woke capitalism
    The phenomenon lies behind the rise of a ‘surplus class’ of remote middle managers
    Lord Frost dates this corporate revolution back to 1997. The general election that year saw a barrister become Prime Minister, who imported the American notion of law as a vehicle for social justice

    The Blair creaature destroyed Britain and Blairite socialist “Tories” continue the destrucion:

    Isabel Oakeshott: Michael “Socialist” Gove’s hypocritical war on second homes will backfire

    The Tories are now toying with the politics of envy

  12. The wonderful thing about free markets is that if you have an idea, you can try it out and it can go one of three ways: meander along, make you insanely rich, or hit bottom so hard it bounces. Let’s see how many earnest people buy these items at the “cost including externalities” (one of Tim’s favorite hobby-horses, aka carbon tax). They may very well go for the idea in a big way. Veblen goods are liable to that.

  13. BiND

    Qantas usually offers you the chance to pay them more money to support their ‘green’ fuel policy.

    I’m sure you can guess the number of times I’ve taken advantage of that opportunity!!!

  14. Hmmm… if you can get 1/6th of your customers to pay double, and lose all the rest, can you come out ahead?

    1/3 of the revenue, 1/6 of the cost.

    I feel the need for Excel.

  15. @CJN

    Depends what your margin was beforehand. Let’s say original price 1E, new price 2E; original volume 6, new volume 1…

    At 1% margin, profit before = 0.06E; after = 1.01E
    At 20% margin, profit before = 1.20E; after = 1.20E
    At 35% margin, profit before = 2.10E; after = 1.35E

    The problem would be when customers take their entire weekly shop elsewhere because of this nonsense…

  16. @ Matt
    The solution would be when customers take their entire weekly shop elsewhere because of this nonsense.

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