In Cuba recently, I was asking a pizza guy about supplies for his business, and he said there was some good news: a store where flour is now sold in bulk at discount. The store is a small installation called Los Laureles, on the top deck of the parking garage behind the Carlos III shopping center.
The retail price of flour in a regular store is 1.10 convertible pesos per kilogram; in Los Laureles it goes for 0.80 in bulk, scooped out of the bag in the quantity you want. If you buy the whole bag of 25 kilograms, it goes for 0.64 per kilogram – a 42 percent discount from retail. Beans, spices, powdered milk, and other bulk items are also sold.
Apart from the benefit to the pizza guy and others, this is one more sign of policies that are improving conditions for entrepreneurs. In this case, it’s also noteworthy that the government is changing its policy of applying a uniform and steep markup to imported retail goods.
The Trabajadores article concludes by saying that “this matter is not finished,” and the government is paying “permanent attention” to the task of assuring an “ever-greater presence of products in the national retail network for the benefit of non-state workers.”