Buying 20 to 35 percent more expensive: school and daycare providers want to renegotiate prices – Berlin

Given inflation, providers of school and daycare meals in Berlin and Brandenburg are finding it increasingly difficult to work financially. “Purchase prices have risen by 20 to 35 percent in recent months. It was not at all predictable when the bids were closed, says Ralf Blauert, chairman of the Association of German School and Daycares, the German Press Agency.

This Wednesday, association members from all over Germany will meet in Wildau (Dahme-Spreewald) to look for solutions to the crisis.

“We do not want to go backwards with the high quality standard we have achieved after years of hard work. Nobody wants to save on the quality of their food “, stressed Potsdam’s catering company Blauert. Chefs must be creative, but the menu can not be fundamentally changed.” We will do it and refrain from profit, “said the chairman.

In Berlin, the price of a school meal has been 4.36 euros since August 2021 and is fixed until the end of July 2024. The extraordinary circumstances caused by the war in Ukraine now required an adjustment of the contracts. It is still unclear how much extra money is needed. This must be discussed in discussions. Some catering companies in Brandenburg and other states have already managed to renegotiate.

The districts have signed the contracts with the school food nurses

“The situation in Berlin is messy. The Senate specifies and leaves the implementation to the districts. This is not so useful in problem situations. Everyone is pointing fingers at each other. And we are in the middle,” Blauert criticizes. benevolent signals had come from some districts and a willingness to talk had been announced.

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– The agreements with the school kitchens have been concluded by the individual districts as school authorities. That is the norm in Berlin, ”explains Martin Klesmann, spokesman for the school administration. “We can not publicly provide any information on the respective contract design because we are not a contractual partner. From our point of view, it would be advisable for the districts to act as one in this matter,” Klesmann continued.

The catering association had already published a fire letter in April to draw attention to the difficult situation. It was time for the state to intervene, it said. And: “Contracts between commercial kitchens and the public sector must be renegotiated flexibly and unbureaucratically and adapted to the given conditions. And not next month or after the summer holidays, but now! ” (dpa)

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