The declaration of the state of alarm in Spain due to the spread of the coronavirus has triggered the stockpiling of food in the country. Although the supply is guaranteed, as assured by the Government and the agricultural organizations, the increase in the demand for products from the agro-food sector, not only fresh, but also processed and canned, has ended up taking a toll on prices.
In the province of Malaga, many of the prices have tripled in the last week. "Tomatoes have gone from about 40 cents per kilo at origin to more than 1.48 for plum tomatoes and 1.53 for the Daniela. Green peppers have seen their prices rise by more than a Euro, reaching 2.36 Euro. Zucchini has gone from 50 to 60 cents to more than one Euro per kilo. The same has happened with eggplant, which has gone from 60 cents to more than 1.20 Euro. These are prices at origin, which means that they will be much higher in stores," says Miguel, a worker at Llano de los Frailes, in the municipality of Torrox.
One sector which has not yet seen prices rise is the tropical one, which is still involved in the avocado campaign. "Prices remain the same," said the manager of Sigfrido Fruit, Sigfrido Molina, who explained that there has been a lot of confusion, with canceled orders that were later reactivated.
The vegetable canning company Alsur de Antequera has "seen an increase in orders of about 20% in a few days. These orders are placed mainly by the supermarkets that we have on our client list. We understand that it is due to consumers buying excessively at supermarkets," said Teresa Jiménez, one of the owners of this firm, who has assured that they have sufficient stock.