This is a quiet time of the year for wholesalers near the coast, "It is very normal for us to deliver less to the hospitality industry during the winter period," says Dirk Dumatry from Duvafruit. "The products that are doing well now are the tangerines and the Clementines, these two always sell well at the beginning of December."
Holidays in sight
Dirk says that he is satisfied with how the year has turned out, "There are 52 weeks in a year and some weeks are better than others. The situation from last week has been felt all over Belgium. But the calm market is just a coincidence. The weather is not ideal and the holidays make this time of the year pretty costly. We are making less deliveries, but otherwise we are perfectly on schedule. After a few months we will start delivering more. You shouldn't get too far ahead of yourself. The busy period will return."
Duvafruit also supplies to small retailers, "We are still seeing shops disappear. Nowadays a typical fruit and vegetable shop has to offer even more to stay afloat, they can hardly make ends meet with just the basic fruits and vegetables. There is a trend towards more prepared products. Consumers are demanding ready-to-eat products. Because of this, we are seeing products disappear, products like green, red and white cabbage. They are still being bought pre-sliced, but people are not buying whole cabbages anymore, that takes too much time to prepare."
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