Francisco Sánchez, manager of Onubafruit, has analyzed the firm's participation at Fruit Logistica. The company, which is Europe's leading berry marketer, attended the fair in order to meet with its regular customers. "The entire fruit and vegetable sector is represented here, so we take the opportunity to get in touch with our customers, since this is something you cannot normally do in the rest of the year," he says.
Francisco Sánchez stressed that the current campaign kicked off with some delay and the impact of this late start is still visible. "The campaign's delay is especially noticeable in the case of strawberries, but it also applies to blueberries. At the moment, we still have a small production, and although we cannot predict how things will go, we are concerned, because this will entail a concentration of the supply in the future, and when that happens, there are usually problems," he says.
Around 30% of Onubafruit's revenue is generated in the United Kingdom, so it is keeping a close eye on the Brexit situation. "I hope it won't affect us too deeply, but the point is that we do not know how to prepare for it, because we still don't know if there will be a customs office, and if there is one, whether it will follow the Swiss model. There need to be agreements and that's why I hope that, in the end, things won't be so hard."