SAccording to a survey by Fevia, the Federation of the Belgian Food Industry, four out of ten companies indicate that they could temporarily reduce or suspend production in the coming weeks.
“In question, the explosion of costs at four levels: raw materials, energy, packaging (cardboard, aluminum, plastic) and transport”, summarizes Nicholas Courant, spokesperson for Fevia, in the columns of Sudinfo. “The war in Ukraine accentuates a situation that was already difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic. »
“During the pandemic, many food companies were already up against the wall”, explains Anthony Botelberge, president of Fevia. “Due to shortages of raw materials and the sharp increase in the costs of raw materials, energy, packaging and transport. At the beginning of the year, it seemed that we would finally be able to extinguish these flames, but the war in Ukraine has, unfortunately, fanned the fire again. If we cannot pass on these costs, it will no longer be profitable to continue production. »