Following the hoarding of food that took place when Spain decreed the state of alarm because of the outbreak of COVID-19, which gave a boost to the demand for fruit and vegetables, causing prices to increase, the situation is going back to normal for most fruits and vegetables in the province of Malaga due to the reduction of sales.
Thus, the prices of basic vegetables (tomato, pepper, zucchini, eggplant and potato) have returned to the levels prior to the decree of the state of alarm. Tomatoes, which reached over 1.50 Euro per kilo at origin, oscillated between 30 and 10 cents on Wednesday 18. Italian peppers have dropped from 2.48 Euro at origin to 1.05 Euro. The same has happened with zucchini, which has dropped to 84 cents. Eggplants, which reached 1.20 Euro per kilo at origin, were sold on Wednesday for 30 cents per kilo.
The fall in prices has been accompanied by a significant drop in the demand from stores and supermarkets. "We have already had two very inactive days in Mercamalaga. There has been quite a stop in the activities, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. We believe that this is due to families having bought enough products in order to reduce their outings to a minimum and thus protect themselves from possible contagion. It is logical to think that as their stocks run out, they will buy again," said the manager of Malaga Natural, Andres Rojas.