"There is currently a four or even five times higher demand for lemons. There are products, including lemons, that are currently selling very fast. But there are also products you cannot get rid of," says Peter Maes of Zeghers in Belgium. "There are obvious shortages created by this situation. Despite these, we are receiving normal volumes. But, were we getting three or four times as much, we could sell that too. We are in the driving seat with prices. But we have to do this to compensate for the intensive labor put in in Southern Europe."
"Citrus sales are also currently generally going relatively smoothly. That is beside the high demand for lemons. The demand for vegetables is also quite stable with good prices. But, sales are way down for pineapples and other exotic fruits. Logistically, we have had no major supply issues. We have been working with permanent carriers for years. They continue driving for us, even in these times."
Peter does, however, hope the situation will normalize quickly. "We are fortunate here in Belgium. We still have more freedom of movement compared to other countries. Our sales are continuing, and we are allowed outside if needed. But I worry about what may lie ahead. I think a few tough months await us," he concludes.