Stoppages in sight for food production

A milk production line. Sami BelloumiBelloumi/MAXPPP

DECRYPTION - The surge in energy and the lack of milk, meat and vegetables threaten the activity of factories in France.

“The wall is impassable.” According to Dominique Chargé, the president of the Agricultural Cooperation which brings together 40% of French agro-industry, the risk weighing on the continuation of the activity of agri-food factories has never been so strong.

Whereas the summer drought and heat wave, as well as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict weigh on the availability and price of many agricultural materials (vegetables, oils, mustard, milk, etc.), the energy shock has raised the weakening of food production chains in France by a notch. After the prices of electricity and natural gas supplying dairies, sugar factories and three-color canneries have soared by 350% and 380% respectively in one year, the first hitches in the food industry are emerging. On Tuesday, dairy manufacturers warned: “The risk is very high on the good continuity of the milk collection, the activity of the dairy manufacturers and consequently on the supply of the French…

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