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There is mayhem in the bakery industry, Cavan baker warns

Mar 10, 2022 19:03 By News Northern Sound
There is mayhem in the bakery industry, Cavan baker warns There is mayhem in the bakery industry, Cavan baker warns
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'We can barely afford to put lorries on the road now'

Rising costs due to Brexit, inflation and the escalating war in Ukraine have forced bakeries and haulage companies in Cavan to call for Government subsidies to ease the situation.

30% of the world's wheat comes from Russia and Ukraine.

Because that is no longer available to global markets, world demand is focused on a smaller offering leaving costs at the upper end of the scale for basic commodities like bread.

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Barney Cully of Cully's Bakery in Arva told Shannonside Northern Sound this afternoon that there is "mayhem" in the bakery industry at the moment.

He added that those in the sector believe that flour will rise by 50% over the next four weeks and a loaf of bread will soon cost €3 to buy.

"As far as I know some of the bakeries have put their prices up but we have held back for as long as we can," continued Barney.

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"Another couple of weeks and that will be it.

"You can't manufacture if you're not making a profit.

"With the price of fuel for vans and the increase in the price of packing and ingredients; this all started with Brexit, and now the Russian invasion of the Ukraine has put prices through the roof."

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Peter McVitty, meanwhile, a haulier and county councillor from Ballyconnell says Government intervention is needed now to ensure that the price of fuel doesn't rise to €3.50c per litre.

"Unless something is done fairly fast there will be a lot of us in road haulage that will not be able to run lorries," he added.

"We won't be able to pay for the fuel.

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"We can barley afford it at the minute, so it just simply can't go on."

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