Mérida, Yucatán — Recent corn price hikes could affect the price of tortillas, an essential staple of the local diet, according to the Yucatecan delegation of the National Chamber of Industry and Tortilla Masa (Dough).
Senator Manuel Cota Jimenez, president of the National Campesina Confederation, earlier announced that the price of grains would increase after holding steady 12 years. In the case of corn, prices rose 50 percent.
Nelson Alpuche Solís, president of the local delegation, said that before the price announcement, his group had not raised the possibility of increasing tortilla prices.
A local newspaper surveyed local purveyor in markets and supermarkets and found tortilla prices ranging from 12-15 pesos per kilo.
Hundreds of mills in the capital city alone manufacture corn tortillas daily.