Demand for cold-storage space in Europe has surged after the hospitality industry and sports venues closed, leaving their suppliers on the lookout for new customers or somewhere to store the unsold food.
Farmers, manufacturers and retailers in the bloc say it’s nearly impossible to find commercial fridge and freezer space. The shortage is forcing production cuts, and may mean wasting thousands of tons of produce that suddenly has nowhere else to go.
The squeeze is yet another way that the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the global food industry. From empty meat shelves in the U.S. and growing levels of hunger in Africa, food-supply chains are being stretched across the world. Experts are already predicting climate-controlled warehousing will be a growth industry as companies try to avoid such imbalances in the future.