26 May '15, 11pm

Costlier raw materials driving up hawker food prices: Study

THE higher price of raw materials, not labour and rent, is the main factor driving up food prices at hawker centres, according to a new study out yesterday. It noted that a $500 increase in the monthly cost of raw materials - items such as meat and sugar - leads hawkers to raise prices by 20 cents on average, while the same increase in rent lifts prices by only five cents, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the National Environment Agency, which conducted the study. In fact, most hawkers who raised prices between July 2012 and April last year had not experienced rental changes, it added. The survey also found that hawkers in the Central Business District tend to pass on more of their higher rents to customers as they can take advantage of the relative lack of competition. There are about 6,000 cooked food stalls in hawker centres across Singapore, managed by the N...

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