Last night’s corona press conference also hit suppliers of catering companies like a bomb. Because cafés and restaurants are expected to close for at least four weeks, they will also be hit hard. It is expected that SMEs in particular will suffer, because they have fewer reserves than large producers and wholesalers.
The contribution of suppliers to the economy is about the same as that of the catering industry. Although most suppliers are wholesalers such as Sligro or Makro, in recent years there has also been an increase in, for example, craft beer brewers and bakers who supply their products to restaurants and cafes.
‘115 million per week evaporated’
Rabobank sector specialist Martijn Rol also sees that new and innovative companies in particular are being hit hard by the closure of the catering industry. “In the coming six months, the catering industry will only be able to decline to a limited extent and that will have a huge impact”, he says.
The bank estimates that with a lockdown per week, about 115 million euros in catering sales will evaporate. Billions less will likely be spent in the hospitality industry this year than in previous years. And the suppliers feel that immediately. For some, the new catering closure could mean the end.
Bakery Mama in Zwanenburg is one such company that now has to make difficult choices. The bakery supplies fresh bread to almost a hundred restaurants in Amsterdam, but that will not be possible in the coming weeks. “At the first lockdown I had a lot of energy to go into it,” says owner Karel Goudsblom. “But now it is different. The reality is that we suffered a lot of losses then. I will not survive a second time.”
Goudsblom did not sleep on it, he says: