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There's An International Nutella Crisis On The Horizon

There's An International Nutella Crisis On The Horizon

We don't mean to alarm you, but there could be a Nutella shortage happening very, very soon.

*Gasps*

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Yes, a factory in France which produces the chocolate spread is currently having a worker strike, meaning production of the jarred favourite has come to a halt. Currently, only one Nutella production line is working at 20 per cent capacity.

And the worst part is we don't know how long it's going to go on for...

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The Villers-Ecalles plant, run by Ferrero, make a quarter of the world's Nutella, sending out 600,000 jars per day.

However, the people behind making and jarring the famous spread are striking due to pay. They've called for 4.5 per cent pay rise, as well as a 900 euro (£800) bonus.

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But the outlook is looking bleak: so far they've only been offered a 0.4 per cent increase, meaning striking is likely to continue, along with the production of our beloved Nutella. Plus there's not another negotiation meeting scheduled between the two parties until 13th June.

Give the workers what they want goddammit!

Credit: PA
Credit: PA



Fabrice Canchel of the Force Ouvriere Union said that 160 workers have been on strike since March 27, and that "no lorry has gone in or out of the site" since that date.

It's double bad news for Kinder Bueno lovers, too. The Ferrero factory is also responsible for making the chocolate bar so it's likely there'll be a shortage of these also.

Let this be you cue to get down to your nearest supermarket and buy up the shelf.

Nutella have come under fire for their use of palm oil in their products in the past, but the brand insist they use 'sustainable palm oil'.

In the Greenpeace Palm Oil Scorecard 2016, Ferrero alongside Nestle were identified as the leading companies in the overall evaluation, and Ferrero was the only one capable of tracking the origin of almost 100% of the purchased palm oil.

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Topics: Food and Drink News, Chocolate

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

 

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