Could “shortage” be the word of the year? Over the months, the French watched helplessly as certain shelves of their supermarket emptied completely. The war in Ukraine led to a lack of sunflower oil, the poor harvest in Canada, a shortage of mustard…
And it’s not over.
Indeed, several producers have sounded the alarm, alerting the public authorities to soaring energy costs, their supply difficulties, or even the rise in the price of raw materials. The consequences are a decrease in their production, or even in some cases a risk of shortage, and the obligation to increase their prices to avoid bankruptcy.
Recently, the National Union of Egg Manufacturers and Professionals (Snipo) has stepped up to the plate: France risks a shortage of eggs within a few weeks if nothing is done. In question: the difficulties of supplying the sector, heavily hit by an epidemic of avian flu.
“The supply is largely insufficient, with no solution to meet demand,” the union said in a statement. Result: “an overall lack of availability and a risk of significant shortages”, specifies the Snipo.
The union also ensures that the price of eggs should soar even more, and that a return to normal is not expected before the summer of 2023.
Breaks are to be expected on the shelves, therefore, and they could lead in their wake to many other shortages: because the egg is an essential product, “anti-crisis” and acclaimed by households, which is also found in various preparations.
And it is unfortunately not the only everyday product that could run out this winter. In our slideshow, discover the 7 new products that are worried about a risk of shortage.