Rising prices, supply bottlenecks - gloomy news about the world markets dominate the headlines, even apart from Corona. In an interview, Eugenio Guidoccio and Markus Bobenhausen from REWE Group's Ultrafresh 1 produce division report on the situation on the fruit and vegetable market.
Fresh tomatoes / Image: Rewe Group
According to Bobenhausen, the general supply situation is assured and the availability of goods is normal. "With regard to prices, however, the situation is somewhat tense. Rising oil prices are having an impact on freight costs, both for ocean freight and trucking companies." Guidoccio adds, "Beyond the current challenges, the focus is of course on climate change and political issues such as CO2 emissions. Furthermore, there are the increasing legal requirements with regard to supply chains and their transparency. These are long-term requirements that we need to address."
Notable weather extremes
"Extreme weather is no longer just increasing overseas, but globally, in Europe and even on our own doorstep," Guidoccio continues. One example, he said, were unprecedented low temperatures in the Mediterranean region last winter. "The consequences were supply shortages for sensitive crops such as soft fruits and vegetables. Another example this year is the consequences of heavy rainfall during the growing season for potatoes. The high rainfall has an impact on the quality and storability of the tubers. In all likelihood, they will not be as durable this year as they normally are. In addition, we expect the season to end earlier in Germany."
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