“No more frozen products!  Electricity is too expensive!  ". Publisher of Charles SANNAT - Insolentiae

“No more frozen products! Electricity is too expensive! “. Publisher of Charles SANNAT – Insolentiae

My dear impertinent, dear impertinent,

Everywhere in Europe the problem is the same and everywhere the consequences of this problem are identical. Everywhere the government reactions are similar, that is, there are none. Any.

You know the problem. It is the calculation of the price of electricity that is based on a modality indexed in itself on the price of gas, being totally disconnected from the real price of production. Less than 50 euros per MWH in France, but 1,000 euros of sale price in the “markets”. Delirious.

The consequences, you also know them. The price of energy is such that production quantities can no longer be produced because it is no longer profitable to do so.

But the consequences not yet visible are actually very serious and multiple.

Today I wanted us to stop for a moment on the cold chain and frozen foods.

In France, a modest radio silence on the future of frozen and deep-frozen foods! However, in Belgium, the problem is already mentioned, no doubt on tiptoe.

Energy crisis: Frozen foods are too expensive to store, stores are adapting

“Selling frozen products means committing to leave the freezers running day and night so as not to break the cold chain. However, since Russia launched its offensive in Ukraine last February, electricity prices have skyrocketed and a freezer consumes a lot. Faced with this new situation, small and medium-sized companies are adapting.

Switching off the freezers is not an option for the managers of the “Nordic Center” in Péronnes-lez-Binche, in the central region. The commercial area is devoted almost entirely to the sale of frozen foods. The storage freezer can accommodate up to 180 pallets. The room for maneuver to lower the energy bill is, therefore, more limited there, “we cannot lower the temperature and we cannot reduce the amount stored, we must, on the contrary, bring the products to get ahead of the Christmas holidays at the end of the year . “explains Claudy Hobst, store manager.

Here, the solution is in the investments. Freezers and refrigerators work with independent motors. “We are going to invest in a CO2 power plant, an engine that powers all the machines and consumes less energy.” However, the company will have to get its hands on the portfolio, “it will take several years to recover the investment”, adds Claudy Hobst.

The storage sector in a dead end

Companies that focus solely on cold storage, on the other hand, bear the brunt of the costs. “The bill can exceed one million euros” according to UBPIF, the Belgian Professional Union of the Cold Industry. “We have asked the State for help as a Professional Union but they tell us that we have to be patient.”

This cost increase is already being felt in storage prices. If leaving a pallet in the fridge for a week only cost two euros a few months ago, today it costs triple”.

The problem is not just a few factories, it is the entire economy!

The government and the technocrats might believe that the problem only exists for a few industries called in administrative language the “electro-intensive”.

The reality is that as always, they are wrong.

This affects the entire economy.

Do you think collective catering is possible without frozen food?

That agribusiness can work without freezing food?

Do you think for a moment that you can take trays to hospitals, to prisons without a vacuum (you need energy for the vacuum) without a blast chiller (it takes a lot of energy to lower the temperature of food very quickly). Do you think we can have an effective cold chain with electric cars?

The entire food chain is hit hard, not by scarcity but by crazy pricing!

NO, there is no power shortage!

Despite everything that can be heard on television, no, there is no shortage of energy.

There are no power outages in France.

No, we do not produce most of our electricity with Russian gas, unlike the Germans.

No, our factories do not lack electricity.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t make an effort. It has to be done, if only to free up capabilities to help the Germans because that is what has to be done.

Yes you have to save.

But saving does not mean selling at crazy prices disconnected from all economic realities and destroying our productive, commercial and food system.

In Belgium as in France, the States are absent and do not deal with the problem.

“We have asked the State for help as a Professional Union but they tell us that we have to be patient.”

The Belgian response is the same with us.

And do you know why ?

Because Belgium, like France, does not want to make the decision to return, as Spain and Portugal did, to the method of setting energy prices in Europe.

Why ?

Because Germany doesn’t want it.

So we procrastinate and try to get around the problem by inventing solutions that are even crazier than others and even more complicated.

Instead of saying that we fix the sale price of energy in relation to its production cost plus a margin, no, we are talking about the possibility of limiting gas prices, of lowering energy prices indexed to the price of a gas that is no longer supplied. to us for Russia. In short, total madness.

Total delusion because Europe has led us to a technocratic delirium where no one dares to confront the great Germany.

So we wait.

And our industry is dying.

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It is already too late, but all is not lost.

Get ready!

Carlos Sannat

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