"The pandemic has definitely created problems over the past 14 months, not only when it comes to logistics, but also because orders have been cancelled and supplies have been unreliable. However, thanks to a well-structured network capable of exporting to 30 different countries (both within and outside the EU) and supplies that include both traditional and organic products, we have registered a growth of 20% compared to April 2020," explains Claudio D'Alba from Plantis Group, a company in Apulia exporting fruit and vegetables to Europe and to some countries in the Arab peninsula including Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, etc.
"In a moment when planning supplies was almost impossible, especially for some economic activities, the idea of mixed pallets was a winner. This way, clients could have an assortment of products from a single supplier while at the same time eliminating stocks."
"During the current pandemic, in fact, no buyer wanted to risk purchasing considerable quantities of each single product, as they preferred ordering volumes they were sure to sell over a short period of time. Mixed shipments fully met their needs and have been adopted not only by general markets, but also by some foreign big retail chains."
"Carrots, asparagus, bunching onions, broccoli, celery, parsley, dill and fennel are the most popular especially in Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. The winter vegetable campaign is coming to an end. Quantities are decreasing not only because the season is almost over, but mostly because the cold temperatures of the past few weeks have damaged the crops."