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Food supplies return to normal at supermarkets and mercados but gas shortage continues

More than a week after the end of national protests food availability has returned to normal in Cuenca’s mercados and supermarkets although some items continue to carry higher prices.

Cuenca mercados offer an impressive array of produce

The news is not as good for the availability of LP gas and some local distributors say they are still unable to make home deliveries.

On Saturday, city inspectors said that they had seen no cases of price gouging for food as of late last week and that supplies have returned to normal. Inspectors say there are still some goods delivered during the strike that carry higher-than-normal prices due to extra delivery charges. The inspector’s office says it has checked all nine city mercados as well as more than a dozen area supermarkets.

Inspectors said they have received at least a dozen complaints about stores and markets attempting to sell out-dated produce and meat. “Apparently, there were some food items that had gone bad during the strike that were put on shelves and we have asked vendors to check their stocks and eliminate this,” the inspector’s office said in a press announcement.

Meanwhile, most LP gas delivery companies say they may not been able to resume home deliveries until later this week. Last week, AustroGas, which serves the Cuenca area, predicted that deliveries would return to normal within a matter days.

Austrogas manager Gerardo Maldonado says he was overly optimistic about a return to normal delivery schedules. “We had a backlog of 100,000 cylinders from the strike and we have only been able to refill 14,000 cylinders a day,” he said. “We have almost caught up to demand but it may require a few more days.”

He added that more than half the delivery services contracted by AustroGas are making home deliveries again.

26 thoughts on “Food supplies return to normal at supermarkets and mercados but gas shortage continues

    1. You really consider a national riot with violent protests in every single city that shut down a nation for two weeks resulting in the deaths of 15+ people and the injuries of 500+ people, bombs going off in Quito, the hostile takeover of several television stations and 11 newspapers a “non-emergency”??!! Wow, you must have extremely high standards for what constitutes “an actual emergency”! And obviously, if this happens again the government would fly in supplies. Like they did. In time they would have figured out a way to get propane into the city. But now all North Americans were warned by the USA government to maintain 2 week’s worth of supplies (food, propane, extra money, medical emergency kit, etcetera) for the future and have an emergency escape plan. That one I don’t understand.. Since we all can’t afford a helipad and helicopter??!!

      1. It was a situation created by the greed of the presidency for a loan from IMF. Not what I would compare to an actual natural emergency. If they had taken the time to study the potential results of their actions there would not have been a problem.

        1. He was trying to put out a fire, ie, the 64 billion dollars that Ecuador is in debt for.. and going to the IMF is like dancing with the devil. This wasn’t greed, it was desperation. The riots weren’t caused by the loan. His stopping subsidies out of nowhere, without warning is what caused the riots. The people that can’t afford nonsubsidy prices panicked. Many others stood by them. A “natural emergency” such as fires, floods, volcanic explosions, earthquakes, etc. Would not result in all the indigenous people rushing out to block all the roads to all the cities!! In a natural disaster, everything would be normal and back to equilibrium faster. I know you are still suffering without propane, and for that I feel for you, it sucks!! Have you tried buying a Crock-Pot or digital steamer, electric griddle or a hot plate to cook? My son and I managed to buy a steamer and now we are eating veggies and fish. It also hard boils (steams) eggs But our plans was to start a campfire at the river if push comes to shove. We have an ax to cut fallen tree branches up. We bought thermoses and use our coffee pot to heat water (for oatmeal, ramen noodles, hot chocolate, etc). You have to think creatively in terms of how you do things. And after you reached equilibrium, and have access again to propane, you buy extra tanks. If you are in a building, the management needs to plan ahead and purchase a dozen tanks extra if need be. Good luck! I wish you well. I’m sorry you are suffering still with this. This entire ordeal has taught us all a lesson in being prepared!

          1. Even though you and I disagree a little about the current events, I really like you. Thank you for your genuine sweetness and never change!

            1. Thank you, I appreciate you. I hope that you get your propane soon. (I couldn’t say gas. I don’t wish gas on anyone! HA! XD) The President also took tariffs away from imports/exports. Maybe toaster ovens will now be cheaper soon! I used to roast chicken this way, faster than a regular oven and equally as yummy.

              1. You make me laugh! I am still without gas refills. I bought a hotplate to try and cook on. Very restrictive. Look how easy they make their problems my problem. I see trucks all over the place, no music though. None in my neighborhood and telephone calls are a joke. They are positioning for another bump in price. They just took a big 50 cent one.
                That should net them about another $250 each day. Soon someone is going to figure out that this price fixing conspiracy is a major ripoff. Well, maybe not. It doesn’t have an effect on the mayor and the government employees.

      1. just like you, I would be inconvenienced and I would be pissed that our government was not competent enough to keep that from happening. Why are they there if they are ineffective.

      1. Dan, I thought some more about what you posted and I have to say that you are right! I would be the wrong person for this job. Maybe someone like you could handle it better.
        I hope so because right now there would be a lot of lobbyists and IMF deal makers sitting in jail or looking for jobs.

    1. Sara, we just called only to find out that there is no more gas for anyone else. What a joke. We need Dan to get this thing back in line. He seems to be able to identify the pros and cons of the situation, or at least part of them. Help us Dan! We haven’t have warm water in a long time. Can’t cook at home either. Take control my friend before this too gets totally out of control.

    1. I have been hearing bits and pieces of this but not sure why. Have any solid information you can share?

  1. My regular delivery guy came to my house today with 2 propane tanks (he had several more on his truck). I needed one tank exchanged (at same $3 price), and wanted to buy a new one, as a backup. I was charged $73, an increase of $13 from the previous amount ($60). He said “the price had gone up”.

    Anyone else experience this? Is this “price gouging” or the new normal cost?

    1. Karl,
      The price of delivery went up 50 cents per tank the first time the President raised the tax on gas. That was about a windfall profit of about $250 per truck load profit. Actually much more than that but for those who want to argue I cut it back to half. Bear in mind you get a lot of miles out of a gallon of gasoline running around at about idle all day.
      If you noticed, a lot of new trucks appeared on the road delivering gas too.
      My point is this, if they can get an extra dime out of you they will. Any excuse to justify their lies and theft from their fellow citizens.
      To the credit of the president and mayors office I must add that there is a new telephone you can report these ripoffs. It is 1-800-TOUGH-CRAP for filling your complaint. Same thing happened with the taxi drivers!
      Karl, I feel bad that this happened and it should be stopped but I doubt if it will. It is the nature of the animal.

      Take a peek on OLX and you can find all the tanks you can use for about $43. Some even less.

    2. Karl,
      I just talked to the “D” company and they said they sell new tanks for $49. I hate to tell you, but……..

  2. My regular delivery guy charged me $73 for a new propane tank today. He said there’s been a “price increase”, up from $60.
    Has anyone else experienced this?

  3. Just called for propane. Want to take a guess? NO MORE GAS! Also the price for a new tank, according to the delivery company, $49. Maybe someone in this government can get things back on track this year! But then again, unless they are out of gas they will do what they usually do, NOTHING! It didn’t take Correa this long to get gas deliveries to the hardest hit areas after the big earthquake.

  4. GREAT! NOW WE HAVE FOOD BUT NO WAY TO COOK IT! GOOD JOB PP! Oh we do have assurances that gas is being delivered, NO GAS, but we have promises. How do you cook a chicken with a bullcrap promise. I bet everyone in the mayor’s office has as much gas as they want.


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