PARIS, 3 Oct – PRIME. Food producers in the Netherlands are facing financial difficulties due to rising energy prices, according to the Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation (NOS), citing the Federation of the Dutch Food Industry (FNLI).
According to the FNLI, energy companies in the Netherlands are becoming increasingly reluctant to offer fixed-rate contracts to industrial companies, preferring “flexible” contracts. This puts energy-intensive businesses such as bakeries and canneries in a difficult position due to rising energy costs.
According to research, food producers in the Netherlands will spend an average of 7.5% of their costs on electricity this year.
FNLI Director Seis-Jan Adema urged the Dutch government to urgently take support measures to keep competition from foreign companies.
Earlier it was reported that the energy companies in the Netherlands decided to postpone the price increase planned from October 1, due to pressure from the Office of Consumers and Markets (ACM). The regulator stated that companies are required to notify customers of changes in electricity rates 30 days in advance.
The West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine, which led to higher prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously stated that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy for the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that Russia will solve all the problems that the West creates for it.