Apr 5 2022 1:14pm
According to their own statements, Germany’s confectionery manufacturers see themselves in the most difficult situation since the founding of the Federal Republic. According to a statement, energy, agricultural raw materials, packaging and transport have become much more expensive.
Germany’s confectionery manufacturers are sounding the alarm. The manufacturers speak of the most difficult situation since the founding of the Federal Republic. Energy, agricultural raw materials, packaging and transport have become much more expensive, according to a statement by the Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI) on Monday.
“The Ukraine war is now exacerbating the situation drastically and to an extent that is threatening to exist.”
The impending gas shortage is also a sword of Damocles, which in the worst case could lead to a shutdown in production. Gas is the most important energy source for the industry.
In addition, the market for important raw materials has been emptied and supply chains are no longer functioning. There are hefty increases in purchase prices and delivery problems for wheat, sunflower oil and nuts, for example. Some companies are therefore worried about their existence. According to the BDSI, the load limit has been reached. Association chief Bastian Fassin said:
“Together with politicians and the food trade, we have to ensure that supermarket shelves don’t remain empty.”
This risk also exists for many confectionery products. Politicians must “examine all measures that help food manufacturers to continue producing.”
As an example, the association proposes a temporary exception to the obligation to declare, according to which what is inside must also be on the label. If the recipe is changed, the packaging must also be printed differently. In view of the scarcity of packaging material, this is currently not so easy – delays are foreseeable, argued the BDSI. If, for example, rapeseed oil is used instead of the scarce sunflower oil, this should no longer have to be expressly stated on the packaging, demanded the association, which represents manufacturers of sweets and snacks.
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