Why réservesuisse is a member of Idée Coopérative

22.08.2020

Why réservesuisse is a member of Idée Coopérative

The réservesuisse cooperative is a member of Idée Coopérative. On 21.08.2020, an interview with the director of the réservesuisse cooperative was published on the website ideecooperative.ch.    

The réservesuisse cooperative is a member of Idée Coopérative. On 21.08.2020, an interview with the director of the réservesuisse cooperative was published on the website ideecooperative.ch.

The interview can be read HERE.

Annual General Meeting of 13 May 2020

20.05.2020

Annual General Meeting of 13 May 2020

Our first-time “virtual” AGM of 13 May 2020 is already history. Many thanks to all members whoparticipated in the electronic voting process. The results of this voting will be sent to you with theminutes of the 2020 AGM.   Best regards from the réservesuisse team

Our first-time “virtual” AGM of 13 May 2020 is already history. Many thanks to all members whoparticipated in the electronic voting process. The results of this voting will be sent to you with theminutes of the 2020 AGM.

Best regards from the réservesuisse team

Full warehouses are more efficient than autarky

19.05.2020

Full warehouses are more efficient than autarky

Is there a more-efficient alternative to high levels of self-sufficiency? Yes: strategic reserves.   “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” newspaper of 14 May 2020

Is there a more-efficient alternative to high levels of self-sufficiency? Yes: strategic reserves.

“Neue Zürcher Zeitung” newspaper of 14 May 2020

Self-sufficiency or warehousing

Agriculture plays a key role in keeping the country supplied with vital goods during the state of exception caused by the coronavirus crisis. But the discussion on increasing our levels of agricultural self-sufficiency actually falls short. Switzerland possesses a unique system that links together agriculture, food production and the trading in and stock-management of food and feedstuffs.

“Neue Zürcher Zeitung” newspaper of 14 May 2020

AGM – Information to our members

06.04.2020

AGM – Information to our members

The Federal Council has declared a special situation due to the corona crisis and has, as a precautionary measure, prohibited large events. This likewise affects our AGM, originally scheduled for 13 May 2020 at the Bellevue Palace Hotel in Bern, which cannot now be held as planned. We will inform…

The Federal Council has declared a special situation due to the corona crisis and has, as a precautionary measure, prohibited large events. This likewise affects our AGM, originally scheduled for 13 May 2020 at the Bellevue Palace Hotel in Bern, which cannot now be held as planned. We will inform you promptly as further details of implementation reach us.

We apologise for the cancellation of the AGM, and thank you for your understanding in these exceptional circumstances.

 

Corona crisis – domestic food production running at full tilt

02.04.2020

Corona crisis – domestic food production running at full tilt

Full speed ahead for food manufacturers’ machinery, with no need to resort to emergency reserves as yet. Full version of the “Eco”  broadcast of 30 March 2020 (in German).

Full speed ahead for food manufacturers’ machinery, with no need to resort to emergency reserves as yet.

Full version of the “Eco”  broadcast of 30 March 2020 (in German).

Domestic food production is running at full tilt.

While many parts of the Swiss economy are at a standstill, food manufacturers’ production plants are running deep into the night and at weekends. The firms concerned are finding it harder, in the midst of the Corona crisis, to obtain raw materials from abroad. There has been no need, as yet, to open the emergency warehouses containing the strategic reserves of the Swiss government.

Full version of the “Eco”  broadcast of 30 March 2020 (in German).

Don’t hoard – Switzerland has emergency supplies

19.03.2020

Don’t hoard – Switzerland has emergency supplies

The slogan “We advise – emergency supplies” dates from the post-War period and with the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic has become unexpectedly topical.

The slogan “We advise – emergency supplies” dates from the post-War period and with the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic has become unexpectedly topical. Suddenly, the question of emergency supplies is again a key issue in Switzerland. This seems to be triggering panic-buying, which has led to gaping voids on the pasta and rice shelves and in canned goods sections. Demand for staple and non-perishable goods is rising because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Swiss are stocking up with emergency supplies for the worst-case scenario.

There is a secure supply of food for the population

But for the moment, there is no question of shortages. There is nothing to prevent retailers providing sufficient food. There may be “empty” shelves here and there, wherever local demand exceeds in-store stocks.

And for emergencies, Switzerland has well-filled, mandatory storage facilities with basic foodstuffs. These mandatory stocks of vital foodstuffs correspond to 3-4 months’ worth of needs. These stocks are only released, however, when the economy itself is no longer able to satisfy demand. And in Switzerland, this is not the case at the moment.

The Federal Government controls the emergency stocks. The authorisation to release mandatory stocks is issued by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). This it does in close collaboration with the Federal Office for National Economic Supply (FONES) and the National Economic Supply organisation (NES).

New guarantee fund contributions for rice for consumption from 1st March 2020

25.02.2020

New guarantee fund contributions for rice for consumption from 1st March 2020

From 1st March 2020, the guarantee fund contribution for rice for consumption amounts to CHF 0.0520/kg (CHF 0.0475/kg so far).

From 1st March 2020, the guarantee fund contribution for rice for consumption amounts to CHF 0.0520/kg (CHF 0.0475/kg so far).

The valid aproaches for all goods are available here.

Why Switzerland stockpiles

12.12.2019

Why Switzerland stockpiles

When there is a shortage of certain drugs or in case of oil import difficulties, the state intervenes and orders the release of compulsory stocks. However, the Confederation does not run its own warehouses, but obliges companies to maintain sufficient stocks of specific goods.   Read the whole article on…

When there is a shortage of certain drugs or in case of oil import difficulties, the state intervenes and orders the release of compulsory stocks. However, the Confederation does not run its own warehouses, but obliges companies to maintain sufficient stocks of specific goods.

Read the whole article on swissinfo.ch (in german)

 

The range is adjusted

The Federal Council determines what belongs in the range of compulsory stocks. The responsibility lies with the Federal Office for National Economic Supply. The range is regularly adjusted.

Read the whole article on swissinfo.ch (in german)

Coffee is ‘not essential’

12.12.2019

Coffee is ‘not essential’

Switzerland on Wednesday announced plans to abolish the nation’s emergency stockpile of coffee, in place for decades, after declaring the beans not vital for human survival, though opposition to the proposal is brewing.   Read the whole article on swissinfo.ch (in german)  

Switzerland on Wednesday announced plans to abolish the nation’s emergency stockpile of coffee, in place for decades, after declaring the beans not vital for human survival, though opposition to the proposal is brewing.

Read the whole article on swissinfo.ch (in german)

Coffee is not essential for life

According to the plan released for public comment, coffee stockpiling obligations would expire by the end of 2022, with companies free to draw down what they store in their warehouses.

“The Federal Office for National Economic Supply has concluded coffee…is not essential for life,” the government said. “Coffee has almost no calories and subsequently does not contribute, from the physiological perspective, to safeguarding nutrition.”

Read the whole article on swissinfo.ch (in german)