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From Beer to Tomatoes, Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Spilling Over

  • Ripple effects threaten Belgian brewer, German greenhouses
  • Widening fallout adds pressure on authorities to stem crunch
Tomato harvesting at one of Wittenberg Gemuese’s greenhouses.

Tomato harvesting at one of Wittenberg Gemuese’s greenhouses.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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The Belgian brewer of Delirium Tremens beer is facing a real risk of halting production for the first time in more than a century as Europe’s energy crisis creates unexpected ripple effects across the region. 

From German tomatoes to Swedish bread, Russia’s squeeze on gas supplies is starting to hit sectors well beyond utilities and energy-intensive industries. The spillover on food and drink supplies will likely intensify as temperatures drop and households require heating, forcing businesses and consumers into tough decisions.