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Koen Maes, Special Fruit:

"Guaranteeing availability for avocados, mangoes, soft fruit and special vegetables is the most important at the moment"

"Now that many countries are in a 'lockdown' and the catering industry is forced to close their doors, we also notice the consequences of the corona virus," says Koen Maes of Special Fruit. “There is a lot of demand for certain products and demand is falling for other products. There is currently little demand for specialties that are mainly used in the catering industry. Demand is exploding for more user-friendly products in a lower price range. Demand per market is also very varied. All countries have their own measures, so there is no clear line to draw in demand. ”

“We are currently mainly committed to ensuring the continuity of our main products: avocados, mangoes, soft fruit and special vegetables, including asparagus. We have not yet found any major problems in terms of supply. But the logistics factor remains a very uncertain link. Everything takes a little longer, because flights are being cancelled. Drivers may experience delays at border crossings, but unfortunately this cannot be avoided, ”says Koen.

Although several colleagues are working at home, Special Fruit is fully operational. All departments are at work and everyone is doing their best to serve the customer as well as possible. “Visitors are unfortunately no longer allowed and staff members who work in the office and in the sheds must distance themselves sufficiently. We do not take any risks in this situation, so we are taking the necessary precautions. Every day we closely follow the developments to intervene more strictly and proactively where necessary. There is great solidarity among colleagues and our partners. The realisation that we need each other is strongly present. ”

For more information:
Koen Maes
Special Fruit 
Europastraat 36
2321 Meer - Belgium
+32 3 3170660

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