The umbrella organization of supermarkets calls it “completely unacceptable” if the blockades last even longer today. “We have called on the judiciary and the police to clean them up,” says Marc Jansen, director at the Central Bureau for Food Trade (CBL).
The CBL is also thinking about next steps against the protesting farmers. “We must be able to hold them accountable for this misconduct,” says Jansen. “This can no longer go on, because we are not a party to the conflict between government and farmers.”
The CBL says it has not yet received many signals of shortages in the supermarkets. But if the blockages continue, they can arise fairly quickly with fresh products, such as bread, vegetables and fruit and milk. “Some distribution centers also supply hospitals, care centers and other vital services,” says Jansen. “They are also being duped.”
These distribution centers were blocked today:
Jumbo is hit hardest by the blockades: at the moment no trucks can drive in or out at five of the six distribution centers, namely those in Nieuwegein, Beilen, Raalte, Woerden and Breda. At Albert Heijn, two of the six distribution centers are affected, those in Zwolle and Geldermalsen.
Earlier, the farmers also blocked a distribution center of Jumbo in Veghel and Albert Heijn in Zaandam. The passage is now free again.
Lidl confirms that half of the distribution centers are currently locked, those at Heerenveen, Oosterhout and Almere. Boni has one distribution center in Nijkerk, which is also blocked. “In the long run, this means that customers will go wrong in our supermarkets,” says a spokesperson. “That will mainly be products that normally run the fastest.”
Aldi has blockades at two of the six distribution centers: in Drachten and Deventer. Vomar has one distribution center in Alkmaar and that is also blocked, but the supermarket does not want to confirm this to the NOS.
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No centers have been blocked at the distribution centers of supermarket chains Dirk, Dekamarkt and Hoogvliet, although the farmers did show their faces. “They came to us in Bleiswijk honking their horns,” says a spokesperson for Hoogvliet. “They stopped for a while and got a filled cake and coffee from us.”
The farmers in Bleiswijk have now moved to the other side, to a so-called ‘e-fulfilment center’ of Jumbo. From there, online ordered groceries are delivered to customers.