Where some are pulling their hair out because of a sudden demand that has stopped, others are being driven crazy with demand. "With us it is really bizarre how busy it suddenly got," says Coen Swager of TB&S. "Last Thursday, panic broke out in Scandinavia and orders were suddenly tripled there. In the meantime, stocks are back up to standard."
"Demand from Germany was slower to start with. However, the supply to the Dutch supermarkets is going fast. This actually applies to all types of cabbage. We expected it to be hectic for a few days, but it just keeps continuing," Coen says. He sees no problems in availability. "Thanks to our cultivation locations in Portugal, we have enough product at our disposal, so if there are no logistical problems, we have enough cabbage."
Because much of the trade from TB&S goes to regular customers, these agreements are being honoured. "In the free market, of course, this leads to higher prices," says Coen. The cultivation and packaging company in Sint-Pancras is not suffering from shortages of employees either. "We have taken good precautions and are following the measures of the RIVM. That has not yet led to dropouts for us."