Ireland has been back in full lock down for two weeks, prior to that different counties had different levels of lock down. The situation will be reviewed again on December 1st. As before this has had major implications for the fresh produce trade with the hospitality sector completely shut down.
“The only thing open are takeaways so it is tough for the trade again, the restrictions mean we will lose the whole of November which is the time when most companies would have their office parties, usually a very busy time for us,” explains Justin Leonard from Jackie Leonard & Sons.
“It was going well for a while there and we were almost back to normal. During the first lock down we started a home delivery service Boxkick, which we kept going as a separate part of the business and developed a new website for customer orders. That dipped as we came out of lock down but is picking up again. I think it will increase further as the weather deteriorates and people don’t want to queue at the supermarkets in the cold and rain.”
Justin has also given his fleet of vans a slightly new look, same livery but a lovely big picture of his grandad, who founded the business, on the back.