BOLOGNA – Granarolo and Lactalis put aside commercial competition and appeal to the government to intervene to contain inflation. “The price of milk for consumers could exceed 2 euros per liter“, Warn the two giants of the dairy sector, which in recent months have seen the energy prices, necessary for production, go out of control.
DEVASTATING IMPACT OF ENERGY COSTS
“The increase in the cost of energy on our organization has generated a devastating impact, which would have been even greater if we had not intervened with ad hoc coverings. Let’s talk about a + 220% of expenditure recorded in 2022 compared to 2021, and an estimate of + 90% in 2023 compared to 2022“, Confirms Giovanni Pomella, CEO of Lactalis in Italy. “Businesses are exhausted, they have already done well beyond their means and the time has come for public responsibility. In this dramatic situation, as entrepreneurs we have put aside market rivalries and joined our appeal to the political world to reiterate the need to intervene responsibly to protect the entire supply chain and the consumer ”, explains the manager of the French company.
INCREASED PRICES ALONG THE WHOLE MILK CHAIN
Inflation has significantly affected, with double-digit numbers, almost all the cost items that make up the milk supply chain: animal feed (aggravated by drought which reduces both farmers’ harvests and milk production) which has necessary an almost 50% increase in the price of milk paid to farmerspackaging (paper and plastic have been increasing steadily for months), additional production components used in the production of dairy products.
FOR ONE LITER WILL ALREADY SPEND MORE THAN 1.75 EUROS
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Today, however, the greatest concern is represented by the increase in energy costs which in recent weeks have increased to such an extent that it is difficult to transfer them to the market, in an economically complex moment for Italian families. Price increases that affect the final cost of milk, which has already reached € 1.75-1.80 per liter. “It is unthinkable that a primary and fundamental food in the Italian diet could suffer such a severe penalty as to reduce its availability for consumption”, argue Granarolo and Lactalis, worried above all about the surge in the prices of the energy bill.
UNSUSTAINABLE ENERGY BILL
“As far as the energies alone are concerned, if there is no turnaround, it is one inflation of 200% in 2022 compared to 2021 and a risk of over 100% in 2023 compared to 2022. It is unsustainable even by a large company, since it lasts over time and if it were downloaded as it is on the market it would significantly affect our consumers and would have inevitable consequences on consumption, with negative repercussions on the entire supply chain “, warns the number one of Granarolo, Gianpiero Calzolari.CopyAMP code.
PROVTRANSITIONAL VIEW TO CONTAIN INFLATION
“To date, inflation has led to a price increase of 23-24% but energy costs continue to grow exponentially. Let’s ask a transitional measure to contain an increase in inflation triggered mainly by geopolitical issues and evident speculative phenomena. An urgent government intervention is needed ”, concluded Calzolari and Pomella.
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