"Despite the current emergency situation, I have had to notify our partners, suppliers and clients that our work will continue," explains Calogero Montana, administrator of Gruppo Montana which has various facilities in Italy as well as one in France for commercialization. The latter is located inside the Rungis wholesale market.
"Maybe some products will not be available, but we will continue working nonetheless. Logistics has not been affected so far, so everything will continue as usual. Clearly we have adopted health measures for the sake of our employees and collaborators. Those who can work from home, while the staff needed at work is staggering shifts. Work in the fields is continuing in compliance with the law."
Rungis, France, 16/03/2020
"Supplies to France have dropped by 50% due to the fact that bars and restaurants are closed. Open-air markets will be stopped next. Retailers have actually been doubling their orders to meet customer demand. Of course things will go as they did in Italy. But I do think that the French are not fully grasping the seriousness of the situation as, on Sunday (15/03/2020) there were plenty of people in parks and in the streets as it was a lovely day. Anyway the authorities have indeed arranged for surveillance spots at the Rungis market."
"We are trying to do our best to limit dangers, but the campaign needs to continue. Plants do not wait! The Sicilian orange campaign is almost over and we are getting ready for table grapes, which are looking good despite the lack of rain when needed. Victoria grapes is doing well in greenhouses, while there are still few gems in open-air vineyards."
French President Emmanuel Macron announced limitations similar to those in force in Italy for at least 15 days. He stated there will be aid for businesses. In addition, EU borders will be closed.
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