An earthquake in May that killed 27 people and left hundreds homeless in northern Italy’s industrial heartland has been blamed for disruptions for catering suppliers based in the area.
Angelo Po, which operates its 55,000 square metre factories and employs 450 people at its facility in Carpi, North West of Bologna, had to shut down for a week.
This created knock-on delays of a similar length for orders bound for the UK, revealed Nick Bates, research and development chef for Angelo Po in the UK.
“The earthquake was barely reported her in the UK, but it was a terrible event for the company and its staff. None of Angelo Po’s staff were killed, but several were made homeless as their houses collapsed. Many were so traumatised by the fear of falling ceilings that they have been sleeping in their cars,” described Bates.
There was only minimal damage to the factory, which is now back to full capacity, but backlogs are expected to remain until a scheduled three week summer holiday in Italy, which is being shortened by a week to catch up, Bates said.
The Italian government has stepped in with a 2.5 billion euro emergency fund to assist with rebuilding the affected area.