"We've been very busy," says Johan Vanhaeren of BioVibe in Belgium. "When the corona crisis began, we were selling about 50% more organic fruit and vegetables than usual. The demand's normalized now, but it's still higher than usual. In recent months, we've sold many leeks, onions, and apples. In March, we were still worried. The fridges were still full of leeks. But, in two months, we sold just about all of it."
BioVibe is currently hard at work supplying new vegetables. These include leeks, spinach, fennel, and greenhouse celery. "New cauliflower and broccoli's arriving too. But, those were significantly affected by the dry weather. The recent rainfall's benefitted the full soil vegetables. There is currently a lot of lettuce varieties available. But demand's lagging. We hope this will pick up when the weather improves a little. Besides these vegetables, we're expecting to add the first organic potatoes to our range soon."
"There's an increased demand for organic fruit and vegetables. Prices are, therefore, above average. The products aren't exceptionally pricey; they're at a good level. The corona crisis meant people couldn't eat out as much. They had to cook for themselves. That led to a rise in fruit and vegetable consumption. I'm anxious to see if this increased consumption will continue after the crisis," concludes Johan.