Fast food restaurants in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas are among the most expensive places to visit in the country, with restaurants spending upwards of £20,000 per night for the privilege of offering their customers a meal, a new report claims.
The annual report, which comes as a result of a Freedom of Information request by a Spanish journalist, reveals that the number of food stamp applications in Mexico has risen by 80% in the past year alone, with more than 10 million Mexicans filing the application for the most popular type of food in the US.
The report, published on Monday by the Mexican newspaper El Universal, comes after a study revealed that the Mexican food system is “the most expensive in the world”, with a high number of restaurants charging customers £200 for a meal.
In its report, the paper cited the average price of a meal at fast food restaurants as £200, while the average cost of a cup of coffee at a Mexican fast food restaurant is £20.
Mexico’s food industry is estimated to be worth more than £1 trillion ($2.1 trillion), with the country’s GDP expected to rise to nearly $8 trillion this year, according to the National Statistical Institute.
The average cost for a single meal in a restaurant is around £1.30, while a single cup of tea is £0.90.
El Universal said that in Mexico’s cities, fast food is the number one attraction for tourists, with average ticket prices reaching over £1,000.
According to the report, while Mexico’s economy grew at an annual rate of 6.2% in 2017, the country has a population of just over one billion people.
It is expected to shrink by 3% in 2018.