Tunisia sugar crisis halts factory production – Middle East Monitor

A Tunisian trade unionist confirmed on Friday that a nationwide sugar crisis has disrupted the work and production of several factories, including two Coca-Cola factories.

This came in statements to Anadolu Agency by Imad Al-Bahi, head of the regional union of industry, trade and crafts of the governorate of Ben Arous.
“The sugar crisis is a national problem for the moment, and the affair does not only concern the governorates of Beja and Ben Arous. We waited to cover the shortage of this material by two local markets with the sugar refinery of the governorate of Bizerte. , but the factory did not fulfill its commitments,” Al-Bahi explained.

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He added: “Unfortunately, the sugar factory in Bizerte is at the origin of the rapid exacerbation of the crisis. Many factories have been affected by this shortage, including two factories of the Coca-Cola company and other factories producing biscuits and chocolate in the Ben Governorate of Arous.”

Al-Bahi continued, “Efforts are underway to resolve the crisis. We expect official state authorities to take action as soon as possible so that production returns to previous levels.”
According to an official from the governorate of Beja: “The workers of the Coca-Cola factory on Friday organized a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the governorate to protest against the drop in production and its suspension in a number of units, as well as the delay in the payment of their salaries due to the sugar crisis”.

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Tunisia is suffering from a serious food shortage crisis. There is a total absence of basic foodstuffs on the market, such as oil, flour and coffee.