Bardineto. The “Dear bills” does not even spare the food sectoron the contrary, for consumers the shopping cart is becoming economically heavier. Precisely the basic necessities are undergoing considerable increases, such as milk is getting closer and closer to two euros per liter. In the Savona area the cry of alarm for this season of increases comes from the Frascheri di Bardineto companyleader in the production of milk and cream that has been operating in the area since 1955, when the founder, Egidio Frascheri, started a social cooperative with other partners and after a couple of years he created the foundations of the company today.
“Like all production companies, we are undergoing unprecedented energy price increases. If the situation persists, business continuity is strongly threatened“, Explains the commercial director Andrea Frascheri, who illustrates the causes of the current difficulties:” Starting from the stable, animal feed needs feed which, for months already, have started in short supply and therefore to be worth more; as well as the prices of electricity, necessary for milking, since last autumn have put milk collection in serious difficulty and have led to an increase in the prices of wholesale raw materials. In the warmer months, the drought made the situation even more complex and caused a further increase in prices (close to fifty percent). Advancing in the supply chain, unfortunately, you can find dozens of other points where the crisis has led to the increase in prices: packaging (paper and plastic have been increasing steadily for months), detergents, disinfectants, shelving for storage, for do not talk about energy, which is the most incumbent item in the costs of industry “.
Speaking precisely of the supply chain, the crisis starts from the beginningwith breeders on their knees who have been experiencing many difficulties for some time on which the final costs of the product depend.
“We always Source from the same farms, of different sizes: we go from small family-run farms to more structured farms with different employees, all located between Piedmont and Liguria – underlines the commercial director – For the moment the escalation seems not having reached the climax, all cost items are risingso we are very worried and we believe that only intervention by the government (already requested by Granarolo and Lactalis) will solve the problem. Otherwise most of the 24,000 Italian stalls will have to sell (or cut down) the heads and close (probably forever), causing the collapse of a sector that has two hundred thousand workers and is worth over sixteen billion ”..
And if the packaging was eliminated (even if it were utopian to go back decades with the stock in recyclable glass bottles) how much would it affect the final cost? “It absolutely is inapplicable since the packaging we use is an integral part of the process that determines the quality and duration of our milk and our cream. In fact, we use a special carton, created specifically to protect the product from light and which is sterilized with a method that makes it more efficient in storing milk “.CopyAMP code
“The price of glass, moreover, has also increased indiscriminately and the operation would no longer be ecological because the packaging that“ holds ”our milk is made with recycled and recyclable cardboard, therefore highly sustainable. L’eliminating packaging, therefore, in addition to being infeasible, would not have such a decisive influencesince, as can be seen from the data, the most burdensome item is by far the energy one ”, concludes Frascheri.