The first estimates for the European production of peaches and nectarines in 2020, collected on 7/5/2020 by Europech - at MEDFEL - reveal an overall decrease in terms of volume compared to the previous year, mainly due to climatic conditions, as reported in a statement by Mr. G. Polychronakis, Special Adviser of the Incofruit - Hellas Association.
He added: "As far as Greece is concerned, the production of peaches and nectarines seems normal this year, without much reduction in terms of volume. Meanwhile, Italy expects large production losses in some areas, but in the country as a whole the reduction of production is not expected to be so great. Small reductions in the peach and nectarine production are also expected in Spain and France."
Changing consumer habits
Meanwhile, fruit and vegetable prices are rising due to COVID-19. According to data provided by a consumer association in France (UFC-Que Choisir), some fruits and vegetables have become more expensive in France because consumers have turned to packaged fruits and vegetables for fear of contagion.
Mr. Polychronakis says that “worldwide, consumer trends are changing, and undoubtedly, this pandemic will cause an economic crisis that will significantly affect the purchasing power of consumers. Although the agro-food sector will also be affected, consumers will now be looking for more fruits and vegetables than ever before, as they are healthier than other products."