Tim Raue stressed that political support is also needed when it comes to the shortage of skilled workers, as waiters and cooks are particularly hard to find. If this development persists, the continued existence of the restaurant and catering trade as a constituent part of society and a factor contributing to quality of life will be threatened.
Guido Zöllick, President of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association DEHOGA, also reaffirmed these demands: “For a successful future of the restaurant and catering trade, we need policies that give us the time and breathing space to do what we do best: Being hosts. Our core objectives therefore include flexible working hours, the reduction of red tape and equal taxes for food.” Thomas Storck, CEO of METRO Germany, explained that the focus of the wholesale company is on supporting restaurateurs in their daily lives: “We understand the needs and concerns of the catering industry. For us, this naturally also includes giving its stakeholders a platform with event formats such as the Gastronomy Policy Dialogue.”
In addition, METRO also supports restaurateurs in their everyday work with fresh and innovative products, tailor-made delivery services and a wide range of digital solutions. Thomas Storck pointed out: “We’re creating the scope for restaurateurs to concentrate on the essentials: their business and their guests.”