The coronavirus has turned the world upside down in recent months. Mushroom specialist Funghi Funghi has also felt impact of the pandemic on the trade, but according to Leon van Basten, the company is ready to serve their customers again. “Due to the closure of the catering industry in most European countries, we have had a very quiet time in recent months. Now, many restaurants in Europe are slowly opening their doors, so demand is picking up again. ”
Leon van Basten
The low volumes of recent months also affected the price level due to the relatively high transport costs. "Meanwhile, the volumes are of a large enough size that we can get a normal price for our products again," says Leon. At the moment Funghi Funghi also has a nice assortment of mushrooms available. “We currently have about 50 species. The season in the Balkans and Russia has started again with Chanterelles, mini Girolles, Cepes and Emperor's amanita. But we also currently have products from Asia, Europe and America available.”
One of the mushroom specialist's sales markets is England, where thankfully the catering industry will be open again from 4 July. “In countries where the catering industry is already open, we see a weekly increase in orders. What we also see is the rise of take-away and initiatives from chefs and restaurateurs offering complete menus and meals for the home at an affordable price. I think that these new forms of 'enjoyment at home' will occupy a prominent place within 'the new gastronomy' and we will be following them closely,' says van Basten.
“Although we are not there yet, we are certainly looking positively towards the future. We continue to focus on national and international catering. We have so many beautiful products to supply, so we hope that - in this respect - we can return to "the old normal" as soon as possible," concludes Leon.