In this coronavirus outbreak, the sales of fruits and vegetables in France have become complicated. “The consequences are great,” reports José Illan, sales director of the Tresacois family farm. “Our kiwi sales are now being affected. We supply several schools, but since all the schools are closed, programs will be canceled.”
From this week, the Tresacois farm will have significant asparagus volumes. The campaign is starting 15 days earlier than last year but, because of the coronavirus, volumes are sold on a rather calm market. “People are buying more fresh fruits and vegetables than before the crisis, but they are more interested in carrots and potatoes than in asparagus. They are also very interested in products that keep longer.”
Despite the 2-week head start, the Tresacois farm will be able to supply asparagus for Easter and beyond, until the end of the season. José thinks that they will mostly run out of green asparagus, especially because of the drought.
Currently, the Tresacois is getting ready for the apricot campaign. “We are expecting similar volumes to last year, around 2,000-2,500 tons.”
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