"Domestic and foreign big retail chains are promoting Italian lemons, which means demand is constant and in line with the volumes available. However, there is a net drop in orders from wholesale markets and the catering industry, also due to the global crisis and the fact that the economy is slower than in the past. Distributors are in fact working at a slower pace abroad and consumption is dropping in Italy," explains Valentina Sanna, export manager at La Costiera.
New from La Costiera in 2021: an 800 gr punnet with 4 grade-3 fruits. Packaging without plastic material.
"Unlike during the first lockdown, it seems demand is focusing mainly on loose rather than packaged produce, which tended to be preferred as people were afraid of contamination. In addition, while orders from supermarkets boomed in February and March 2020 as people hoarded food, now things have gone back to normal."
The Limone di Sorrento, Primofiore di Sicilia, cedar and bergamot orange campaigns are currently underway. The company is achieving interesting results thanks to the collaborations with the big retail chains.
"We are right in the middle of the limone di Sorrento campaign, which will end in October. We process both PGI lemons and those that are still being certified. This way, we can guarantee high quality at a competitive price. Demand is generally lively in spring and summer. In the summer, as demand peaks (also because of the fact these are the only lemons not subjected to post-harvesting treatments), availability drops and quotations skyrocket. Consumption increases also in the distillery and H&R sectors."