Rising energy prices: Deodatian artisan baker speaks out

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Didier Schmitt is an artisan baker in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

Rising energy prices are affecting many occupations, including bakers, who are bearing the brunt of electricity and gas increases. In Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Didier Schmitt, artisan-baker of the “Fournil du Marché”, saw energy bills increase by around 20% in 2022.

“I have no choice but to pass this growth on to my products, especially the galette des Rois. I pulled out all the stops for the traditional baguette, but on January 1st I increased it by 10 cents. However, we have done well during the holidays and the cakes are selling well, people understand the situation. We discuss with them and they understand that the context is complex. »

The energy increase should also include supplier prices, which are affected by the current situation. “For example, in the mill where I work, electricity tariffs have increased sharply, and I was forced to work at night. Personally, I try to work off-peak hours as much as possible, but products have to be made, so I don’t always have a choice. I am a member of the Fédération des Artisans Boulangers Pâtissiers des Vosges and we have a broker that deals in energy contracts. I subscribe to one-year contracts, so it can be renegotiated regularly. »

For Didier Schmitt, the new year 2023 coincides with a question mark. “We don’t know where electricity and gas prices will go. But the gas has decreased recently, we are waiting for it. The small producer in Saint-Remy that supplies me with my eggs has not raised prices. I work mostly with small suppliers and if their prices have gone up, they haven’t exploded. »

Didier Schmitt is very skeptical about the government’s announcements on Wednesday, which are intended to help the bakers and calm their discontent. Especially regarding the postponement of payment of taxes and social security contributions. “In any case, one day we will have to pay them. This measure is short-term. »

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Didier Schmitt is an artisan baker in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

Rising energy prices are affecting many occupations, including bakers, who are bearing the brunt of electricity and gas increases. In Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Didier Schmitt, artisan-baker of the “Fournil du Marché”, saw energy bills increase by around 20% in 2022.

“I have no choice but to pass this growth on to my products, especially the galette des Rois. I pulled out all the stops for the traditional baguette, but on January 1st I increased it by 10 cents. However, we have done well during the holidays and the cakes are selling well, people understand the situation. We discuss with them and they understand that the context is complex. In addition to the energy increase, supplier prices must also be added, which are affected by the current situation. “For example, in the mill where I work, electricity tariffs have increased sharply, and I was forced to work at night. Personally, I try to work off-peak hours as much as possible, but products have to be made, so I don’t always have a choice. I am a member of the Fédération des Artisans Boulangers Pâtissiers des Vosges and we have a broker that deals in energy contracts. I subscribe to one-year contracts, so it can be renegotiated regularly. For Didier Schmitt, the new year 2023 coincides with a question mark. “We don’t know where electricity and gas prices will go. But the gas has decreased recently, we are waiting for it. The small producer in Saint-Remy that supplies me with my eggs has not raised prices. I work mostly with small suppliers and if their prices have gone up, they haven’t exploded. “When it comes to the announcements made by the government this Wednesday, which are intended to help the bakers and calm their discontent, Didier Schmitt is very skeptical. Especially regarding the postponement of payment of taxes and social security contributions. “In any case, one day we will have to pay them. This measure is short-term. “NOT A WORD




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