Piero Galasso, Fedagro manager at Mercato di Pescara, reports a dire situation. "We have been seriously hit by the bad weather. A lot of the supplies haven't even arrived and the local produce is almost unavailable as it hasn't been harvested because of the snow, which is a pity as sales had started to pick up. Our facility is between the Rimini and Bari markets and many choose us as suppliers."
The market continued to function in Bologna, but with less produce and fewer clients. Roberto Bortolotti from Agribologna and Massimo Venturoli from Cenerini report that "some prices have already increased. Cabbage, for example, saw a 50 eurocents increase. A lot of lorries haven't reached us because of the icy roads, others were many hours late."
Venturoli confirms that "the drop has been of around 30-50% over the past few days and we're expecting things to worsen tomorrow (March 2nd)."
Stefano Ciolli, quality manager for Mercato di Firenze, reports that "we haven't had particular procurement problems, but the number of buyers has dropped. It was to be expected though."
Veneto has had fewer problems, as confirmed by directors Francesco Cera (Padua) and Paolo Merci (Verona). Logistics wasn't particularly affected, but there may be a few increases next week.