“Increases of over a billion”

“Increases of over a billion”
“Increases of over a billion”
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Most food products have experienced increases. They have already noticed it consumers and an estimate comes from Coldiretti which registers increases in 88% of goods. This is because in a country like ours le goods they mostly travel by road and hike up gas And diesel can, as a result, create a snowball effect. But what in particular costs more? Fruit And vegetables first of all but also everything that travels by road to get to the shops. Thus the finger is pointed at the cost of fuels also in the agri-food sector.
A figure, this, confirmed by the insiders. Gianni De Fazio owns several Alter Group supermarkets in Puglia, between the provinces of Bari and Taranto. “The price increases are obvious. It is increasingly difficult to work, because the increase in products adds up to the increase in costs that we cannot pass on to the end customers. In fact, these weigh on the company instead because it is no longer possible to adjust prices yet. Therefore, there is not only the expensive petrol to consider, but everything else is also devastating. Reduced lighting in the morning, it should be noted that the cells and refrigerators can not be turned off. Profit margins are therefore reduced to the bone and expectations for 2023 are not rosy. Perhaps some outlets will be closed. We also had to make some cuts, unfortunately, on personnel».

Furthermore, De Fazio also explains how the buying attitude has changed in his supermarkets. «Since everything has increased for the final consumer, he focuses on poor products and not on those where there is greater marginality for us, such as liqueurs for example or special hams. We go back to buying mortadella, peeled tomatoes, flour and oil and not sought-after goods».

Fluctuating prices

Matilde Contento is the owner of Doc, A&o and Famila in Palagiano, in the province of Taranto. «In franchises like ours, these increases are mitigated by agreements undertaken at a central level in the company. However, we have seen ups and downs in the prices of many products, up 2 or 3% and sometimes even down. Surely, the goods that come from the food world suffer the greatest consequences from the high price of petrol, where there is also a strong incidence of energy costs. The fresh product must be transported daily and there have been some slight increases, but not all».
Gigi Scarciglia of the “Stelle d’Italia” delicatessen and gastronomy in Taranto has been working in the agri-food sector for over 30 years. «The market seems completely crazy. Raw material costs have skyrocketed with a domino effect on everything else. We are witnessing galloping inflation and it is mainly basic necessities that have increased. Sugar, for example, has gone from 0.63 six months ago to 1.50 now. Butter from 1 euro to 5 euro, coffee costs 30-40% more and continues to grow, pasta 50% more, the same goes for flour, milk, mozzarella and much more. I don’t know if it depends only on petrol, I believe that there is also speculation in every intermediate phase and so when the product reaches the retailer after the various steps, it already has a very high price. We need consumer protection policies immediately, because we can’t go on like this.”

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Massimo Buzzacchino of the “Quercia” group manages A&O in Statte, Crispiano, Montemesola, Martina Franca and Pulsano, but the situation is also identical in Salento, which records the highest fuel cost, and in the Brindisi area. Even today Buzzacchino is busy fixing the prices. «We make 200/300 changes a week of increases, everything keeps growing. From detergents to tuna, from pasta to oil, even if it costs about ten cents on average. We too wonder what is happening. Gasoline, tripled light make everything very difficult. The quantity of products purchased is unchanged among our customers but there are complaints and, above all, they ask us for explanations. However, they are oriented towards branded products. Now even the best-known snacks and consumables such as trays and sheets of cured meats cost more. Relevant is the fact that there are no longer tomato purées and long-life milk for less than 1 euro».
For the president of Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini, it would be appropriate “to add resources to the tender on agri-food logistics of the Pnrr, going to support all the projects presented which reach around 1.5 billion euros of investments between private and public resources”.
And then, underlines Coldiretti, the infrastructure delays of Italy weigh, where the average cost per kilometer for heavy transport goods is equal to 1.12 euros per kilometre, higher than countries such as France (1.08 euros/kilometre ) and Germany (1.04 euro/kilometre)’. In other words, we need to intervene decisively and quickly if we want to stop the already ongoing haemorrhage of food spending.

The article is in Italian

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