Angry farmers cause havoc in Dutch supermarkets

Farmers’ protests are causing chaos in the Netherlands today, as well as supermarket chains. Angry farmers shut down distribution centers across the country.

The first target is supermarkets

In the Netherlands, farmers are holding a large-scale protest against the government’s plan to reduce nitrogen emissions. According to livestock farmers, this measure means fewer cows for them. The tractors were on the road early this morning and covered strategic locations. Their first targets: supermarket distribution centers.

Dozens of distribution centers across the country are now closed, although sellers say they have nothing to do with the nitrogen policy. Moreover, farmers did not deliver fresh products such as fruits and vegetables last night. As a result, consumers will feel the consequences in supermarkets from today, the office of the Dutch national food trade CBL warned, according to news channel NOS.

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More than half of all direct currents have been cut

Jumbo’s central DC and headquarters in Wegel were among the victims. Five of the six distribution centers are still closed, although the police came to remove the fence and fined them. Market leader Albert Heinde said two of the six distribution centers were still out of business due to the afternoon protests.

Lidl has access to half of its Dutch warehouses blocked and rival Aldi claims to be affected by the blockade at two of its eight warehouses. Interestingly, in Vomar, the workers blocked the farmers in a counter-demonstration. They made sure that the tractors could not leave, and even if the farmers gave a short answer, they still had no intention of leaving. As a result, the only distribution center of the local grocery store was completely shut down.

“Blockade days” were announced

Farmers say they will stay put until the nitrogen policy is scrapped. They have been threatening a siege for several days already. CBL is considering further steps and warns that daily trading will be at risk if the blockade continues. Supermarkets are also losing millions of euros, says the trade organization. The police will be asked to intervene.

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Farmers’ protests are causing chaos in the Netherlands today, as well as supermarket chains. Angry farmers shut down distribution centers across the country.

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