Brittany. “Food insecurity for part of the population must not lead to insecurity in the agri-food sector”

The situation is complex and disturbing immediately recognized Olivier Clanchin, also president of Triballat-Noyal (850 employees). Above all, on a health level. For example, within five weeks, 60% of the company’s employees contracted Covid. We have never experienced this since the beginning of the pandemic. If we are holding on, it is thanks to the exceptional commitment of the teams. Such a situation, common to the entire industry, causes a stoppage of activity, disrupts production chains and indirectly affects the price of raw materials. LThe inflationary context we live in is completely unprecedented. » An observation we find through the numbers published by Abea in its first trend note: At the end of November 2021 and compared to the previous year, paper showed an increase of 15%, cardboard of 21% and plastic of 24%. At the same time, transport costs rose by 74%, energy costs by 38%. As for the prices of agricultural materials, there is an average increase of +24%.

8E deflationary year in a row

For the Brittany association, which claims 200 member companies and establishments, agri-food producers are suffering at the same time. 8th year in a row, loss of value in food prices. ” vsIt’s been 8 years since we managed to push through price increases at major retailers, continues Olivier Clanchin. What other industry could withstand such deflation? The problem of lack of food for part of the population is a fundamental issue that needs to be addressed at the highest level. However, this should not lead to uncertainty in the food sector. Today, only product innovation allows us to get out of this situation. However, 70% of these new products disappear after 2 years. The price is imposed by the distributors for so many years must end now. “.

The comprehensive implementation of the EGalim 2 law also puts a strain on the sustainability of the IAA. Received October 2021 introduced mandatory multi-year contracting between the producer and its first buyer, as well as non-negotiable and transparent costs of agricultural raw materials in subsequent sectoral contracts. The aim is to protect farmers’ incomes. ” These are new rules of the game, new general conditions of sale and a new framework for negotiations, comments Olivier Clanchin. With Covid and the inflation we are experiencing, we have a complete lack of visibility. These trade negotiations must be part of the logic of an efficient cycle, from producer to consumer, while maintaining the sustainability of businesses in the agricultural and food sector and the jobs created.

The connected factory attracts new employees

Older, recruitment difficulties in Brittany’s agri-food industry are also weighing on the development of Brittany’s industrialists. According to Abe, 70% of them report having problems with attraction. However, Factory 4.0, or the digitized factory, represents the answer to the human resources challenge. ” QWhen we talk about Factory 4.0, people think of robots and therefore ultimately the significant investments they require. However, in Brittany, since 2000, a certain number of producers have gone in this direction. Overall, they are well equipped. Digitization today starts with tools that are not necessarily very expensive, which make our employees more autonomous and responsible. PFor example, by placing accurate consumption meters on the production line, it is the employee who affects the production with his various settings. THEprofessions are evolving and attracting younger generations. They take pride in what they do and find meaning in working with us. »Today in Brittany, 1,500 positions are to be filled in the IAA

Reuse the process water

Another lever that the Brittany agri-food collective wants to quickly activate is leverage la Reuse (Reuse of “unconventional” water). The goal is to save drinking water and thereby protect the environment. ” We have a national mandate on this topicE. The aim is to apply the 3 R rule (reduce, reuse, recycle). We have already done a lot when it comes to reducing water consumption. What we want today is to be able to reuse industrial water. There is no risk to their quality as they undergo treatment before entering the processes. Gold, to date, only sectors of plant origin are authorized to do so. If regulatory roadblocks were lifted in the livestock sectors, a survey we conducted of 28 Brittany agri-food sites identified to 2.5 million cubic meters of water likely to be saved each year. That’s the equivalent of more than 800 Olympic swimming pools » concludes Olivier Clanchin, recalling that the agri-food industry is the leading regional industrial employer with more than 70,000 employees in Brittany.

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