24 Mar, 2022 @ 17:38
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Truckers strike could close bars and restaurants in Spain’s Costa Blanca and Valencia areas, claims hospitality association

Truckers strike could close down bars and restaurants in Spain's Costa Blanca and Valencia areas, claims hospitality association
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A Valencian Community hospitality association says bars and restaurants will ‘close soon’ due to the truckers strike, with thousands of jobs on the line.

SOS Hostelria president, Fidel Molina, has appealed to Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, to ‘make a move’ to restore supplies.

Molina says bars and restaurants will start ‘closing soon’ due to a lack of basic products such as beer, coffee, milk, and water.

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The unofficial truckers strike began on March 14 with major suppliers threatening to temporarily suspend production as their intake of materials has ground to a trickle.

Heineken-Cruzcampo; Estrella Galicia, Mahou-San Miguel, and Danone are some of the high profile companies on the suspension list.

Fidel Molina said: “This situation endangers the viability of thousands of businesses and jobs in the hospitality industry which has been unfairly punished for more than two years.”

With hopes that Easter tourism numbers could return to 2019 pre-pandemic levels, the Federation of Leisure and Tourism of the Valencian Community (FOTUR) is also hearing concerns from members about the implications of the truckers strike.

FOTUR says that members are not suffering from shortages at the moment, but smaller businesses with reduced storage capacity may run out soon of products.

Milk and dairy-based products appear to be hit the most in the supply chain.


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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