The enormous increase in energy prices has a massive impact on local suppliers. Merchants in Lower Austria fear a clear cut, local customers a new crisis.

Because the galloping costs for electricity and gas are causing problems for vegetable producers in particular. The operation of the large greenhouses with lighting and heating is becoming more and more expensive. “Consumers will not be able to bear these costs,” says Karl Auer, chairman of the vegetable association. Production will be reduced want to do without fresh, local vegetables, a real “cucumber crisis”. Because not only the popular cucumbers, but also tomatoes and peppers from Lower Austria will probably be found less often on the shelves of the supermarkets. Experts from the Chamber of Agriculture in St. Pölten put the decline at 15 to 20 percent. Grocery trade in distress Local suppliers are also feeling the effects of the energy crisis. In the case of small grocers, the Chamber of Commerce even fears a clear cut. Hundreds of such businesses are already in distress. “Since the end of last year, the industry has been confronted with massive price increases that we cannot fully pass on to consumers,” says Christian Prauchner. Above all, the freezers and refrigerated counters are currently cost drivers. A saleswoman sums up the dilemma: “I can’t ask seven euros for a kilo of bread!”

Source: krone

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