There are great differences between northern and southern Italy when it comes to mushrooms. Purchases slowed down in the general markets in the north, while things are proceeding as expected in the center and south. "Prices are stable with no big differences, while sales vary," reports Giampaolo Evangelisti from Fungo Cesena.
While the big retail chain maintained its standards in the north as well, it is wholesale markets that are suffering. "The sales of some mushroom types have dropped by 50%, mainly those purchased mainly by Asian or ethnic restaurants. This data is also proof of how things are not going well for them from a commercial point of view."
"We are hoping things will go back to normal and have decided not to diminish our production over the next few weeks. We are positive and believe sales will go back to normal within Easter."
Champignon mushrooms remain the main product and the company will also continue producing hand-sliced mushrooms in trays, for which operator feedback has been good.