The German Butchers' Association warns of a "threatening situation" in view of cost increases and inflation. "Even perfectly healthy companies are currently being pushed to the wall," said Managing Director Martin Fuchs WELT AM SONNTAG. "Every day ten to 15 member companies call the office and tell us that they can no longer continue," said Fuchs. He therefore expects a wave of business closures and bankruptcies.
“Even in normal times, two percent of the companies are lost every year due to succession problems and structural change. But what is to be feared now has a completely different dimension," said the representative of the butchers. For many companies, the work simply no longer pays off. "Topics such as quality, animal welfare and regionality are now reaching their limits," said Fuchs. According to the Frankfurt Association, there are still 11,000 butcher shops in Germany with a total of 18,000 branches.