BERLIN, July 16 (Reuters) – A Munich beer pub has found a new way to tackle Europe’s cooking oil shortage – making customers pay for beer with sunflower oil to ensure there’s plenty of schnitzel in stock.
With Ukraine and Russia accounting for about 80 percent of global sunflower oil exports, supplies from many European countries, including Germany, have been reduced since Russia invaded its neighbors in February.
The managers of Giesinger Brewery, a brewery and pub in the southern city of Munich, think they may have an answer, offering beer lovers a litre of their favourite beer with the same amount of sunflower oil.
“The whole thing happened because we ran out of oil in the kitchen, that’s why we had to be creative,” bar manager Erik Hoffmann told Reuters TV.
Bottles of rapeseed and sunflower oil have often been missing from German supermarket shelves since Russia invaded Ukraine, with many stores rationing the number of bottles per customer.
Moritz Baller trades a bottle of sunflower oil for two beers at the Giesinger brewery in Munich, Germany, on July 15, 2022.Customers can pay for beer with sunflower oil at the Giesinger Braeu brewery in Munich, where the distributor of the brewery is unable to supply the required quantity.Supply will remain in short supply for the foreseeable future due to the war in Ukraine, one of the largest suppliers of sunflower oil.REUTERS/Lucas Bart
“It’s very difficult to get oil … If you need 30 liters of oil a week and you only get 15 liters, at some point you won’t be able to fry schnitzel anymore,” Hoffman said, adding that customers have already Exchanged 400 liters of oil, so far.
In German pubs, a litre of beer costs around 7 euros ($7), while a litre bottle of sunflower oil retails for around 4.50 euros – an attractive proposition for many customers.
Client Moritz Baller bought 80 liters of sunflower oil in Ukraine during a trip to deliver humanitarian aid, swapping his shipment for eight cases of beer for his birthday party.
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