(Berlin) – In front of about 50 participants from politics, industry, associations and consumer organizations, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Dr. Ophelia Nick under the journalistic direction of Ute Welty at “KOSTBAR – The morning food debate” with Doris Abeln, Board Member of Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG, Dr. Dirk Zantow, CEO of bofrost* Dienstleistungs GmbH & Co. KG and CEO of dti, Dr. Sabine Eichner on “Green Wind” in Food and Agricultural Policy and the Consequences of the Ukraine War for the Food Industry. The frozen industry’s urgent concerns to secure and flex supply chains and energy supply became apparent. The industry reaffirmed its claim to provide technical and constructive support to politicians in the search for pragmatic solutions, also in the area of sustainability. The KOSTBAR is a political debate format organized by the German Frozen Food Institute eV (dti) on current issues in order to promote the exchange between politics and business.
Think security of supply and sustainability together
State Secretary Dr. In her opening statement, Ophelia Nick thanked the systemically important frozen food industry for its daily contribution to a safe fresh food supply in Germany and reaffirmed her company’s approach to overcoming current challenges together and futures. At the same time, she warned against pitting crises against each other: “Now we must do business more sustainably to become more resilient and set the course for a more sustainable future. Security of supply and sustainability must be thought of together.” This crisis also offers great opportunities.”
Enable flexibility throughout the supply chain
The effects of the Ukraine war on their supply chains are already having a noticeable impact. Doris Abeln, member of the management of Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG reiterated that the frozen food industry also wants to make its contribution to secure delivery and supply capacity in this tense situation, as it did before in the Corona pandemic: ” To do this, companies along the entire value chain need flexible policy solutions that ensure clarity and legal certainty and that take into account complex supply chains, which are currently under great pressure.”
Priority for the energy supply of the deep-freezing industry
A conceivable rationing or even failure of the natural gas supply as a result of the Ukraine war would threaten all food production and logistics. “If there is no power, in extreme cases the potato stays in the field,” said Dr. Dirk Zantow, CEO of bofrost* Dienstleistungs GmbH & Co. KG, the worst-case scenario for the food supply. Therefore, he called on politicians to clearly prioritize gas supply for systemically important players, such as companies in the freezing industry and their suppliers. At the same time, he emphasized that even in the current crisis, renewable energies are intensifying and thus continuing the path towards climate neutrality. “For me, frozen food and sustainability is not a contradiction in terms.”
Together for a pragmatic solution
Participants in the discussion agreed that the effects of war, but also the climate crisis, can only be tackled cooperatively. This requires pragmatic solutions that need to be implemented faster than before. The slowness of the system must be combated, by common conviction, so that the necessary changes can be implemented more quickly.
dti CEO Dr. Sabine Eichner emphasized that the frozen food industry is still available as a constructive partner. “The central concern of the industry for the coming years is the path towards climate neutrality. To this end, the industry offers politicians its constructive cooperation.” The “Frozen” supply form, with its excellent properties such as shelf life, freshness and naturalness, is ideal for a safe supply and for healthy and sustainable nutrition. The industry also stands out positively in terms of climate balance and food losses and is taking innovative steps forward. The industry will continue to seek these approaches in dialogue with politicians in the future.
PRECIOUS – The food debate of the German Frozen Food Institute
The German Institute for Frozen Food has been the communication and information platform for the frozen food industry for more than 60 years. The industry is one of the five largest subsectors of the food industry. Deep freezing preserves the most precious foods by processing them freshly harvested and caught: vitamins and nutrients for our nutrition. With the KOSTBAR breakfast debate, the German Institute for Frozen Food contributes to the exchange on current nutritional issues with politics and society.
Source and contact address:
Deutsches Frozen Institute eV (dti) Franziska Šošo, Head of Public Relations Reinhardtstr. 46, 10117 Berlin Telephone: (030) 28093620, Fax: (030) 280936220