Ukraine and bird flu have upended their recipes

The public Vinaigrerie shows an annual need of 350,000 liters of sunflower oil. She has a lot to see coming through the end of May. But she preferred to expect…

The public Vinaigrerie shows an annual need of 350,000 liters of sunflower oil. She has a lot to see coming through the end of May. But she preferred to expect. The fact is that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has caused tension in the sunflower oil market. Ukraine produces half the world’s volume. Uncertainty about the upcoming sowing caused prices to rise. And these are the volumes that won’t last if that country really can’t harvest or plant again right away. So I decided to replace sunflower oil with rapeseed oil of European origin. Raw material is also priced at 2000 euros per high ton.


Stefan Duenes responded quickly to the danger of shorting stocks of sunflower oil for vinegar.

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Labeling issue

At Lot-et-Garonne, in Estillac, together with the Cité gourmande, Fabrice Telfer also, “in agreement with his customers and the distributor brands”, “developed” some recipes for his frozen products … in particular for frying baths. Here, technically, rapeseed cannot completely replace sunflower, so we choose to mix the two oils and thus limit the use of sunflower reserves. “It is a matter of postponing the deadline by which our stocks will be exhausted, because there is a risk of a dry rupture globally,” the director notes.

“It is a matter of postponing the deadline by which our stocks will be exhausted, because there is a risk of a dry rupture globally”

So that the consumer is fully informed, Cité gourmande has entered this development in its recipe on a date stamp. However, Fabrice Telfer would like the state to make a real decision on this issue of labeling and to have an obligation to indicate any modification to the recipe, even temporarily. “To avoid a certain cheat…”

A question that has been widely discussed during the weekly meetings organized by the government since the reopening of trade negotiations on March 18. If a charter of commitments is drawn up to ensure that these negotiations are conducted transparently, it should soon be enriched with a chapter on labels.

Fabrice Taillefer also reviewed specific recipes for frozen produce from Cité gourmande at Estillac.

Fabrice Taillefer also reviewed specific recipes for frozen produce from Cité gourmande at Estillac.

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Bird flu deprives her of eggs

Adjusting the label and evolving the recipes, this Deux-Sèvres businessman (who prefers to remain anonymous) can’t even think about it. “I don’t know how to make cheesecakes without eggs. Here it is not the war in Ukraine that has weighed his days and nights for several weeks, even if it exacerbates the high cost of animal feed. His main concerns are bird flu. This never-ending flu that has wiped out Pays’ breeding de Loire, especially in Vendée, after it was borrowed in the southwest, more laying hens, and so more eggs.

Our three suppliers are located less than 150 kilometers from SMEs. One of them has stopped supplying us due to lack of goods and the second is now being delivered to us very unevenly. “She knows it, it won’t be back to normal for six or eight months,” the time crawl space at Pays de Loire and back into production. However, the peak production and sales of this SME (ie + 30% of activity compared to the rest of the year) are July and August. Usually we actually need 9 tons of eggs per week. “Afraid?” No longer able to produce and having to think about technical unemployment when the 25 employees were always on deck, including during Covid. »

“Transportation cost 17%, carton 20%, membrane 50%, butter 70%, eggs 38%”

The common fear between these three business leaders and many agri-food manufacturers? How will the consumer react? to what? High prices for their products. “Transportation cost 17%, carton 20%, film 50%, butter 70%, eggs 38%,” says business manager from Deux-Sèvres. And we add energy, gas, to heat the furnaces. »

We saw how it looked on the oil side. So everyone intends to request the reopening of trade negotiations, to review how to offset part of these increases with distributors. “The preservation of our activities depends on it,” Fabrice Telfer said. Will the consumer understand that and be able to deal with it? The question haunts them.

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