In the course of tightened border controls and the ensuing traffic jams at the German-Polish border, there was a lot of alarming news about bilateral trade relations last week. Especially in the wholesale trade, there have already been bottlenecks and delays in the supply of traditional Polish products (seasonally mainly mushrooms and other mushrooms). Depol Frucht nevertheless dares to nuance this perspective.
The Bremen company is a trading agency for Polish fruit and vegetable products: Throughout the year, it supplies the food retail trade with white and brown mushrooms, creamy mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms from Polish cultivation. "Although we sold 20-30 percent more mushrooms last week due to the hamster purchases, these additional volumes are still available throughout the fresh produce sector. But in the next few weeks it will most likely balance out."
No major impact on fresh imports
"There are always fluctuations, but the last few weeks it has been very extreme. Now, as expected, the situation will return to normal to some extent. So I don't see any major price fluctuations coming up."
The consequences of the crisis are therefore undoubtedly being felt, but not to the extent reported in many media, the management says. Acute supply bottlenecks or significant effects of the exceptional situation have not yet been recorded. "There are supply bottlenecks with Polish mushrooms again and again, regardless of the current crisis. The current situation hits first and foremost the wholesale markets and the traders who focus on the catering trade."
No influence on further seasons for the time being
Depol Frucht now mainly trades Polish mushrooms for seasonal reasons, but other crops will be added later, such as pickled gherkins, blueberries and peppers. Whether or to what extent the corona crisis will affect the marketing of these products is currently difficult to predict. "Our current forecast is that we will have enough of everything."