Even though storm Filomena caused supply issues in Spain, it didn't affect the supply of Platano de Canarias. According to Pablo Tornero, from Solocanarias, one of the reasons that the storm didn't affect the supply was because it took place on the weekend. "The storm mainly began by Madrid and the boats arrive between Friday and Saturday from the south of the peninsula."
"Some drivers were trapped when they were coming back from making deliveries," Tornero said. Fortunately, there was no problem delivering the merchandise. In fact, the product was delivered in 150 refrigerated semi-trucks, 15 tractor units, and by 30 employees. There was a small delay in the delivery, but everything was delivered and no product was lost. “There was a lot of pressure to deliver the Canarian product. What wasn't delivered on Saturday was delivered on Tuesday,” Tornero added.
Solocanarias brings to the peninsula 1 million kilos of bananas per week, i.e. 52 million kilos per year. It is a highly demanded product but the cold chain has to be very well preserved, Pablo Tornero stated.
94% of the banana production from the Canary Islands remains in the Spanish market, so it is essential not to break that supply chain.