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Germans urged to brace for empty fridges as energy shortage hurts food security


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Germans urged to brace for empty fridges as energy shortage hurts food security

Germans urged to brace for empty fridges as energy shortage hurts food security

Central Europe’s traditional industrial powerhouse has been hit hard by the largely self-inflicted energy crisis following Brussels’ decision to… 23.09.2022, Sputnik International

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Germany’s fresh and frozen food sectors are in the midst of their “worst crisis since the end of World War II” and could face a wave of bankruptcies and production curbs, leading to voids on store shelves, it said. warned the manufacturers’ associations in an open letter. to the German government. The appeal was drafted by the German Institute for Frozen Foods, the Association of German Cold Storage and Cold Logistics Companies, along with five other industry groups, including the Meat Industry Association, the Federal Fish Association and the German Fruit Trade Association. Companies fear that production lines will soon come to a halt and refrigerated food distribution logistics centers will close. Some are even preparing for possible bankruptcy,” the letter said, calling the precarious situation “one to midnight.” government in the midst of the crisis. The letter also warned that other issues were eating away at food producers’ collective bottom line, ranging from staff and raw material shortages to supply chain disruptions. “Companies can no longer compensate for these massive cost increases with savings or by passing on [costs] to consumers,” the call said. Sabine Eichner, chief executive of the German Institute for Frozen Foods, told Welt the collective letter was created after weeks of silence to separate calls from individual industry groups from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. “Minister Ozdemir apparently accepts companies going bankrupt,” Eichner complained, saying the need for support is “great, but no one is listening to us.” individual businesses and increased access to energy at subsidized flat rates. Germany and other European countries are preparing for a cold winter, adding to economic problems caused by rising energy prices and the inflation crisis, as well as potential political unrest amid public anger growing. Earlier this month, Germany’s natural gas and electricity powerhouse Uniper warned that the “worse is yet to come” when it comes to the energy emergency. Germans have already been asked to make sacrifices at the grocery store, at the gas pump, in their homes, and in terms of personal hygiene for the sake of their government’s ongoing economic Hybrid War with Russia. On Thursday, the Financial Times reported that German toilet paper makers are at risk of bankruptcy. Last week, rising petrol prices forced German beer breweries to cut production. A survey by the Institute for New Social Responses (INSA) for the Bild newspaper in June found nearly one in six Germans were skipping meals to make ends meet, with 13% more at risk of price hikes . countries and their allies have dropped sanctions and other restrictions.[The West] get into a so-called sanctions impasse. There is only one way out. We are seeing protests in Germany demanding that Nord Stream 2 be activated. We support these demands of German energy consumers. We are ready to do it tomorrow. Just press a button. But it was not us who imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2. [Europe] did so under American pressure. And why are the Americans pressuring the Europeans? Because they themselves want to sell them gas at three times the price,” Putin said.

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Central Europe’s traditional industrial powerhouse has been hit hard by the largely self-inflicted energy crisis stemming from Brussels’ decision to phase out Russian oil and gas to “punish” Moscow for its military operation in Ukraine. President Putin has warned that Europe is “not in a position to dictate” its “will” to Russia on energy issues.

Germany’s fresh and frozen food sectors are in the midst of their “worst crisis since the end of World War II” and could face a wave of bankruptcies and production curbs, leading to voids on store shelves, it said. warned the manufacturers’ associations in an open letter. to the German government.

“There is a significant risk of shortages in the daily food supply of Germans. The situation is more than serious,” warns the letter to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Economics Minister Robert Habeck and Federal Food Minister and Agriculture Cem Ozdemir and published by Welt.

The appeal was drafted by the German Institute for Frozen Foods, the Association of German Cold Storage and Cold Logistics Companies, along with five other industry groups, including the Meat Industry Association, the Federal Fisheries Association and the German Fruit Trade Association.

“Companies fear that production lines will soon come to a halt and that refrigerated food distribution logistics centers will close. Some are even preparing for possible bankruptcy,” the letter said, calling the precarious situation “one to midnight.”

“Act now. Otherwise, the refrigerators of the Germans will soon be empty,” the appeal warned.

Energy price shocks have hit Germany’s frozen food and fresh produce sectors particularly hard, with producers complaining that they received no financial support from the government during the crisis.

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The letter also warned that other issues were eating away at food producers’ collective bottom line, ranging from staff and raw material shortages to supply chain disruptions. “Companies can no longer compensate for these massive cost increases with savings or by passing on [costs] to consumers,” the call said.

Dr Sabine Eichner, chief executive of the German Institute for Frozen Foods, told Welt that the collective letter was created after weeks of silence to separate calls from individual industry groups from the Ministry of Food and Health. Agriculture.

“Minister Ozdemir apparently accepts companies going bankrupt,” Eichner complained, saying the need for support is “great, but no one is listening to us.”

Germany’s food industry represents 186 billion euros in annual turnover, 6,200 separate businesses and 638,000 employees, and has sought both “expanded” targeted funding for individual businesses and expanded access to food. energy at subsidized flat rates.

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Germany and other European countries are preparing for a cold winter, adding to economic problems caused by rising energy prices and the inflation crisis, and potential political unrest amid growing anger in the audience. Earlier this month, German natural gas and electricity powerhouse Uniper warned that “the worst is yet to come” when it comes to the energy emergency.

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Germans have already been asked to make sacrifices at the grocery store, at the gas pump, in their homes, and in terms of personal hygiene for the sake of their government’s ongoing hybrid economic war with Russia. On Thursday, the Financial Times reported that German toilet paper makers are at risk of bankruptcy. Last week, rising gasoline prices forced German breweries to cut production.
A survey by the Institute for New Social Answers (INSA) for the Bild newspaper in June found that almost one in six Germans were skipping meals to make ends meet, with 13% more at risk due to rises in price.

President Vladimir Putin addressed Europe’s energy crisis in press comments in Vladivostok earlier this month, stressing that Russia would be ready to turn on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines “tomorrow” if Western countries and their allies abandoned the penalties and other restrictions.

“[The West] get into a so-called sanctions impasse. There is only one way out. We are seeing protests in Germany demanding that Nord Stream 2 be activated. We support these demands of German energy consumers. We are ready to do it tomorrow. Just press a button. But it was not us who imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2. [Europe] did so under American pressure. And why are the Americans pressuring the Europeans? Because they themselves want to sell them gas at three times the price,” Putin said.
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