"For a long time, it seemed the Corona crisis's effects had largely passed by the Dutch food sector. Now, these are becoming increasingly clear," Niels van der Ben of G. Sevenhuysen VOF observes. "Containers are being postponed, and there are smaller orders. There's some exports, but it's certainly not very busy."
"We're not very active in Africa. But it's tougher to get your money from there now. So, a lot less volume is going to Africa. They're not taking their usual volumes anyway. Particularly French fry global exports have been considerably affected. That because hotels and restaurants worldwide are running at low capacity. That's the case with export destinations such as the Caribbean too. It's ticking over, but not much else."
"Actually, we see this across the board with the outdoor products we trade. The harvest was good, trade is moderate, and prices are good. I don't see the situation suddenly reviving soon, either. Fortunately, we have a wide range of products and clients. We prefer to go for one or two containers - with a mix of all kinds of products - per order, rather than packing ten or 20 containers at once. Then there's also less damage," Niels concludes.