Nico Schaft, 888 Fruitcompany:

"Despite a display ban, Monday saw good sales at Rungis"

Last week it became clear that sales on the Paris wholesale market Rungis would look different on Monday "Nobody was allowed to display their products on Monday," says Nico Schaft of 888 Fruitcompany, who has had his own sales stand on the Paris wholesale market for years.

The display ban only applies to Monday 6th April and Easter Monday and came into effect as a result of a survey of traders on Rungis. According to Nico, sales will continue as normal. "The market is open as usual, but the completed orders leaves via the back of the building, somewhat the same situation as to whats happening in Brussels."

"The demand is good at the moment. I was quite busy on Monday morning. With the nice weather, you want to be busy. Melons, grapes and pumpkins are particularly good demand. All air traffic has come to a standstill, so it all comes down to the boat trade now," says Nico, who mainly supplies wholesalers and suppliers to the Paris supermarkets.

"But all in all, the situation is of course, disastrous, especially for the people who focus purely on the market trade and that is still a considerable percentage. People are talking about the markets opening up again, but no green light has yet been given for that."

For more information:

888 Fruit Company
Nico Schaft
Rungis, France
T: +33 14560 3640
M: +33 6098 14815 

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