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Jean-Marc Boyer, Boyer-Philibon:

"This year it will be difficult to have exotic fruits shipped by plane"

The Boyer company, specialized in the production and export of exotic fruits from the island of Reunion, has just started the campaign of its air-shipped Victoria pineapples and lychees. According to Jean-Marc Boyer, commercial director of the company, this campaign will involve great logistical challenges. "In terms of production, there are enough volumes, but the difficult thing is going to be putting them on the market. Due to the health crisis, there will be restrictions on travel in the coming months. Consequently, the air cargo capacity will be more limited than usual. It will be difficult to get our fresh produce by plane."

In terms of quality, it appears that it's going to be a very good season for all products, although the pineapples and lychee are arriving with a slight delay. "For the lychee, we are still hoping for some light rains and sun to allow it to increase in size. The Victoria pineapple is also taking long to be ready, since the winter has been quite long and it is still cold in the production areas."

Besides the products from the island of Reunion, Boyer is also starting with the air-shipped Peruvian mango season. "For this product, the campaign's starting at a good time," says Jean-Marc. Boyer's fruits are marketed under the Philibon brand.

Jean-Marc says that there is already some demand for exotic fruits. "Our customers are beginning to ask us for them. This is the time of the year when there are not many other fruits on the market. Despite Covid-19, there is demand. We must remain optimistic. Philibon will do everything possible to be at the expected level this campaign."

The Boyer family

For more information:

Z.I. Borde-Rouge
100 rue François Charmeux
82200 Moissac
Tel: +33 (0)5 63 04 15 64     

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