"We're in the middle of the asparagus campaign, with a harvest marked by ebbs and flows. It started off well and then stalled in this very last period, due to a production surplus and very limited demand" - explained Claudio D'Alba of Plantis Group, an Apulian company that exports fruit and vegetables.
"Consumption is low, not only because the Ho.Re.Ca channels in most Europe are still closed or in the process of reopening, but also because the grilled asparagus is a very popular traditional dish adopted in northern European countries usually consumed in company. Given the lack of the freedom (at least for the moment) to gather with relatives and friends, the demand for this reference has dropped significantly."
"Overall, despite Covid-19, the vegetable season wasn't so bad. We export our products to 22 member countries, serving mainly large retailers, who in recent weeks have greatly increased their orders, especially for parsley, dill, fennel and spring onions."
"Our portfolio is now enriched with other seasonal products. We will have the first stone fruits available in 10 days, while new carrots, potatoes from Apulia and Campania, as well as watermelons, are among the most preferred references from the Baltic and Eastern European countries, for the moment. Watermelons may have an interesting trend, given that the Moroccan product, which is now at the end of the campaign, can no longer find a market due to both quality and quantity issues."