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Lids — yes, lids — are disappearing from Turkish shelves. And, according to Bloomberg, the frenzy is so extreme that grocery store workers say lids are turning into black market items.
In a country recovering from recession, experts think this unprecedented shortage is a sign that consumers are bracing for yet another bout of inflation this winter.
Pickled veggies, fresh memories
Quick recap: Turkey’s been dealing with an inflation crisis for more than a year. President Tayyip Erdogan and the country’s central bank have been butting heads over how to fix the problem, and Turks are feeling the jam. The unemployment rate — and the prices of fruits and veggies — have spiked.
Traditionally, as Turks stock up on food for the winter (when grocery prices are higher), they turn to home canning. Since economic stability is iffy this year, they’re going harder than normal. And because lids are the socks of the canning process and always seem to get lost – the world’s go-to flavor savers have become a hot commodity.
Erdogan-der what’ll happen next…
Turks are concerned that his actions could further break the seal on his already loose relationships with world leaders… and put them in a real pickle this winter.
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