The Unexport cooperative, based in Lorca, Murcia, has been one of the companies that have maintained its activity to supply Spanish and European consumers during the coronavirus confinement. Its more than 1,100 farmers have contributed to guaranteeing the supply of a wide range of fruit and vegetable products, which reach more than 30 countries, during an absolutely exceptional situation.
"Consumption increased a lot. In addition, we had to adopt many new security measures. Fortunately, we were able to attend all our orders thanks to our hard work in the offices, fields, and warehouses," stated the CEO of Unexport, Thomas Anderson. Unexport acknowledged that in these months people were demanding more 'green', healthier, and local products.
The coronavirus has brought with it other consequences, such as a change in the relationship between the national market and the foreign market, which is unusual in other summer campaigns: "Now consumption is more stabilized. National consumption has decreased because there is less tourism to southern Europe, but this is offset by exports to other countries."
Meanwhile, the summer campaign continues its course with the production of stone fruit in Cieza, Aguilas, and Mazarron until the end of August. The production of watermelon started in Almeria and it will soon start in Lorca. "We have very good quality thanks to the weather conditions and we expect to have a very positive campaign," the CEO of Unexport added.