Mamma Mia! Pizza Got 16 Percent More Expensive in the EU Last Year

By Reuters
February 10, 2023Food
Mamma Mia! Pizza Got 16 Percent More Expensive in the EU Last Year
An employee prepares pizzas at a supermarket in Parma, Italy, on April 22, 2012. (Reuters)

The cost of store-bought pizza and quiche in the European Union grew in December by 16 percent from a year earlier, the bloc’s statistics agency Eurostat said on Wednesday.

As food lovers in the U.S. prepare to celebrate National Pizza Day on Feb. 9, EU consumers will have to search deeper in their pockets to enjoy a slice of Italy’s most renowned fast food.

However, the pizza inflation rate varied wildly across the EU, with Hungary topping the Eurostat chart with a 46 percent yearly price increase, followed by Lithuania and Bulgaria on 39 percent and 37 percent respectively.

The smallest price hikes in pizza and quiche, lumped together in Eurostat’s novel indicator, were recorded in Luxembourg (+7 percent), Italy (+10 percent), and France (+13 percent).

Overall inflation in the eurozone increased in December by +9.2 percent year-on-year, with a 13.8 percent hike in food, alcohol & tobacco products, the agency reported last month.

Eurostat categorizes “pizza and quiche products” as including store-bought varieties of “flour based products prepared with meat, fish, seafood, cheese, vegetables or fruit.”

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