ACBOA suggests lowering bread weight to keep prices fair
By Nabiya Vaffoor
All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association (ACBOA) is planning to lobby the Government to reduce the permitted weight of a loaf of bread in a bid to reduce prices.
Speaking to Ceylon Today yesterday (30) ACBOA President N.K. Jayawardane said if the weight of a loaf of bread is reduced by 5g, the price could also be lowered by Rs. 5. The permitted weight of a loaf of bread is 450g.
“Only large-scale bakery owners produce and sell bread as per the permitted weight and stick to the permitted price. Most bakery owners in rural areas bake and sell underweight bread at lower prices,” he said.
Jayawardana expressed these views after wheat flour prices were increased by Rs. 17.50 by the main flour companies, prompting bakery owners to increase the price of a loaf of bread by Rs. 10 on 29 November.