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The next supermarket product is in short supply: bottlenecks are expected at Aldi, Lidl and Co

The supply of canned tomatoes may be in short supply in the coming months.

The supply of canned tomatoes may be in short supply in the coming months.Bild: imago images / imago images

After cooking oil and flour, the next product in the supermarket may soon be missing. As reported by the “Lebensmittel Zeitung (LZ)”, the supply of canned tomatoes is likely to be in short supply. The fault lies with the purchases of hamsters and the lack of glass bottles and cans. And farmers in Italy are increasingly using their land for other products as well.

Italian farmers are increasingly focusing on the cultivation of goods other than tomatoes.

Italian farmers are increasingly focusing on the cultivation of goods other than tomatoes.Image: www.imago-images.de / Joerg Boethling

Retailers expect delivery bottlenecks

“The tomato market has finally come into something of an escalation,” writes wholesaler Otto Franck in his current industry report. Some suppliers had already announced “that delivery cuts would be needed for all customers”. This means: the struggle for Italian tomatoes has already begun, even if it is not yet harvest time.

Franck is not alone in his assessment. The German canned food manufacturer Hengstenberg also warns of bottlenecks in the supply of products that come exclusively from Italian crops. According to his own statements, it is the German market leader with 24.5 percent, among the brands there are, for example, Oro di Parma and Oro d’Italia.

There is also a price increase here

CEO Andreas Reimer explained to “LZ” the following: “The area in Italy is decreasing by about 10 percent, also because farmers are opting for other crops”.

The result:

“There will be significant cost increases for canned tomatoes, which we will have to pass on to retailers.”

Andreas Reimer, managing director of Hengstenberg

The price of raw tomatoes from northern Italy is now around 18 percent higher than last year. Added to this are price increases and bottlenecks in delivery for packaging such as cans or glass.

Due to the high demand in 2021, the stocks cannot be used now.

Mutti and Hengstenberg warn of bottlenecks in delivery.

Mutti and Hengstenberg warn of bottlenecks in delivery.Bild: picture alliance / Winfried Rothermel

The Italian manufacturer Mutti has also announced price increases for the “LZ”. However, he sees his supply of tomatoes safe at the moment.

While some manufacturers source the raw material for tomato paste from China, industry experts say there are few alternatives to Italian canned peeled tomatoes.

This means that consumers of Aldi, Lidl and Co. may soon find themselves in front of the next empty shelves in the supermarket.

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