Mexican families spend $1.4 billion on food each year, and the country has one of the highest costs of groceries in the world.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Mexico City, the country’s financial capital, where a community supermarket, Fiesta supermarket in the city center, is a staple for its roughly 1 million residents.
Fiesta is a community-owned grocery store that opened in 2005, and it has become a staple of Mexican families, who say it is the only grocery store in their city where they can get quality groceries.
They say that, with Fiesta, families have the option to buy a fresh fruit or vegetable or a whole package of groceries.
For some, buying groceries online has been a godsend.
In 2006, Falla stores were the only place in Mexico to sell groceries to customers who did not have a traditional grocery store.
In the past decade, Fella supermarkets have grown in size and number, and now serve nearly 500,000 customers a day.
But the cost of buying groceries at Fiesta supermarkets has become prohibitive for some families.
The cost of a Fiesta meal, in dollars, can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Falla customers who can afford to shop online at a traditional store pay $1,500 per person for groceries.
Families who do not have access to a traditional supermarket are forced to shop at a local Falla.
The average cost of groceries at a community grocery store is $3,000.
A typical Falla customer is expected to spend more than $10,000 a year, according to a report by the Center for Sustainable Markets at the University of Arizona.
In Fiesta’s case, many customers who go online buy groceries on their own, which means that their families have to pick up the tab.
“The cost to us is $1 billion a year,” said Carlos Aguilar, the owner of Falla, adding that the average grocery bill for his family of three is $5,000 per year.
But many residents say that this price is too high.
People who are struggling to survive in Mexico, they say, have to shop with the rest of the country in order to survive.
One woman told me that she is the mother of two and is forced to make hard choices, including whether to go to the supermarket or buy food at the grocery store when she is not in school.
She said she cannot afford to buy food on her own.
She said that, if the price of food were fixed at $1 per package, she would buy as many packages of groceries as possible, including groceries from Falla and Amazon.
While Falla’s online business has grown, the cost to customers has not.
Fábrica de Ciencias y Asociaciones, or the Central Cooperative of Ciencicos y Asuntos, or COPA, said that in its first fiscal year in 2011, Fala’s cost per package rose to $2,800, but in 2014 that figure dropped to $1 a package.
COPA, which is part of the regional government, said in its statement that it will continue to negotiate with local and international retailers and retailers that are not members of the Falla group.
It said that Falla has worked to reduce its grocery costs and improve the quality of its products, and that it is committed to ensuring that its customers receive the highest-quality products at the lowest prices possible.