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Aldi, Lidl and Co. affected: Mayonnaise is becoming scarce - consequences for numerous other supermarket items Created: 05/10/2022, 05:00 By: Stella Henrich No fruit, no vegetables, even the first sauces and dips are already missing - in many supermarkets numerous items are missing again. Munich – The energy crisis is once again showing its effects in supermarkets and discounters. In the meant



Aldi, Lidl and Co. affected: Mayonnaise is becoming scarce - consequences for numerous other supermarket items

Created: 05/10/2022, 05:00

By: Stella Henrich

No fruit, no vegetables, even the first sauces and dips are already missing - in many supermarkets numerous items are missing again.

Munich – The energy crisis is once again showing its effects in supermarkets and discounters.

In the meantime, many AdBlue producers in Germany and Europe have come under pressure due to the high gas prices.

For logistics companies, less diesel means less fuel and higher fuel costs for their trucks.

As a consequence, supply chains are literally broken.

The transporters stand still.

Products are no longer available in Aldi stores.

Lidl, Rewe and Co.

And once again, consumers are looking for products in the stores, similar to the times of Corona - in vain.

But not only are flour, sunflower oil, pasta, eggs and rice already in short supply on the shelves, sauces and dips could also soon become scarce in the food trade, reports the

Westfälische Anzeiger (WA) of the Ippen Digital publishing house, among others.

The reason: there is a lack of mayonnaise, which is the basis for the production of many dips and sauces.

According to the WA, a large part of the ingredients come from Russia and Ukraine.

However, the Ukraine war no longer permits the necessary imports.

Why AdBlue is so important in the tank:

What is AdBlue: AdBlue

, a liquid urea solution, is injected upstream of a special catalytic converter in vehicles with SCR systems to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

There it reacts with the pollutants and converts them almost entirely into water vapor and harmless nitrogen.

That's why AdBlue is so expensive:

The reason  why

AdBlue

is so expensive  in Germany and also in Europe is the

high gas prices

.

Since gas is used to produce ammonia, which is the raw material for 

AdBlue

 , manufacturers have temporarily stopped producing the diesel additive.

If the

AdBlue tank is empty

, the engine control in modern vehicles refuses to restart, and the vehicle – regardless of whether it is a car or truck, delivery van, rescue vehicle or fire engine – then stops.

Significantly more vehicles would be affected than just trucks.

In addition to SKW,

BASF

and

Yara

also belong to the ranks of the

major manufacturers of AdBlue in Germany

.

According to the chemical company BASF, AdBlue production continues to run without restrictions.

However, according to

dpa

, a company spokeswoman spoke of a “challenging market environment” at the beginning of September.

Empty supermarket shelves: Industry experts warn of bottlenecks

The President of Kulinaria Germany, Stefan Durach, an association of manufacturers of culinary foods, underlines the danger of acute raw material shortages and delivery failures.

After all, these are natural products that are cultivated, cared for, harvested and exported, according to the expert.

As a result, production is reduced to a minimum and the shelves at Rewe, Aldi and Co remain empty for consumers.

Eating without dips and sauces.

Is the next shortage looming in supermarkets and discounters?

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The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) advises consumers to prepare well for an emergency situation and has drawn up an emergency list for the event of a disaster.

It's likely that just sauces and dips won't run out of shelves due to supply chain issues.

According to

Bayerischer Rundfunk

, local dairies are also preparing for a crisis situation.

The gas crisis is making it difficult for the industry.

"If the dairies are turned off the gas, the industry is threatened with a massive production stop," says Ludwig Huber, head of the Dairy Association Milch Bayern.

As a result, milk, butter and yoghurts are missing from the shelves.

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