The energy crisis also affects the pasta industry closely. A sector on which Cosimo Rummo, patron of the homonymous company from Campania, which has a turnover of over 140 million euros and exports to 58 countries around the world, wanted to shed light. Through the columns of “Il Mattino”, Rummo told without filters what is happening in the industrial sector: “Last year he says we had an energy bill, between gas and electricity, of one million and 700 thousand euros, equal to about 141 thousand euros every month. Last March, the bill was one million and 450 thousand euros. I’m talking about just one month! And with the planned increases we will go up to almost 2 million. Last year I signed agreements with Eni for 15 cents per cubic meter, today the cost has risen to 2 euros and 60 cents, 21 times more “.
Horror, thrilling numbers, in the face of which it is quite clear to conclude that pasta, in the face of current energy costs, risks seeing its prices skyrocket: “I remember that no pasta factory during the Covid emergency has increased the price of its productsdespite the fact that the quantity of pasta sold in those months increased by 500-600% – explained Rummo again –. We cannot support the old retail prices: we went from € 1.10 to € 1.20 for a 500 gram pack to a range between € 1.30 and € 1.49. I fear it will not be the last increase if energy costs are not reduced “.
PASTA AND ENERGY, A COMBINATION THAT SMELLS OF CRISIS AND UNCERTAINTY
Riccardo Felicetti, managing director of the pasta factory of the same name and president of the Italian pasta makers, was interviewed by the Adnkronos news agency on the same topic (pasta and energy) and he himself did not use too much rhetoric to externalize the most current concepts: “At the moment we hardly know how much a container will cost in September to ship our goods around the world, we have an insane shortage of drivers for transport at European level, we have very serious energy difficulties and we do not know, for example, how much a cubic meter of methane will cost in September, if the price will change in October and what will be the prices we will have to express to our customers “.
For a year now, despite the efforts made, companies have not been able to come up with any kind of useful solution to solve the problem: “Every day we have to find ways to secure jobs and products on the shelves of our customers. This is something we have been doing for centuries, in the hardest and darkest periods like the last two years of the pandemic and we try to continue doing it, but it is becoming more and more difficult “..
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