March ends with the celebration of this emblematic Mexican food, of which 22 tons are produced each year.
Before the celebration in Mexico of Taco Day every March 31, specialists and organizations commented on consumption and difficulties in the market in the face of the health crisis and inflation in the country. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that in Mexico 22.3 million tons of tacos are produced per year. According to a publication from the Don Canijo taqueria, the average cost of a taco al pastor with a double tortilla in Mexico is 17 pesos. Among the most relevant costs for its preparation is the price of tortillas, an essential ingredient for the gastronomy of Mexican snacks.
Likewise, in the morning conference on March 11, 2021, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) reported that a minimum wage can buy 8.9 kilos of tortillas, mainly due to the increase in international corn prices. In that sense, both the costs of tacos and the basic basket register a rebound amid inflation in 2022.
According to the agency specialized in the consumer sector Kantar, 60% of Mexican families consume at least one type of Mexican appetizer a week; Mainly tacos and quesadillas. In a statement consulted by NotiPress, Mariana Cruz, manager of Kantar at Worldpanel Mexico, commented that people with the highest consumption of tacos and other snacks belong to the average socioeconomic level, as well as demographic groups between 41 and 50 years. Likewise, among the most consumed sandwiches are barbecue tacos, steak tacos, quesadillas of various combinations, pork gorditas, sopes, Oaxacan tamales, tacos al pastor and suadero tacos.
The documentary series published by the production company and streaming platform Netflix, Las Crónicas del Taco, reported that Taco Day has been celebrated since 2007 in Mexico. This in commemoration of the Mexican gastronomic symbol, which represents the culinary taste of the country at an international level. Julio A. Santaella, former president of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), commented on his official Twitter account, in 2020 around 122,757 taquerias operated in the country. Although the pandemic affected the restaurant industry, the National Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (Canirac) reported a rebound in business after two years of the pandemic. However, INEGI reported on February 3, 2022 that Mexican consumers were pessimistic and the
consumption indicator decreased 0.9%.
National media reported price increases in tacos as a result of the price increase due to inflationary pressures in 2021, with cases of up to 50% in the state of Morelos. The Bank of Mexico (Banxico) reported that the country has an inflation of 7.23%; whose figure exceeds the ideal prediction, equivalent to 3%. For NotiPress, the general director of Drip Capital Mexico, Edmundo Montaño, commented that prolonged periods with inflationary pressures impact all value chains and business units. Under this line, consumer prices have presented significant variations between the last period of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. According to the National Consumer Price Index of the INEGI, corresponding to the first half of March, food and beverages increased their annual variation from 4.96% in 2022 to 9.84% in the current period.