COVID-19 EFFECT: As Spain and Italy on Lockdown, demand for citrus is rising, but stocks are almost empty
After Italy, Spain is the most affected country in Europe, with the virus having spread much faster than elsewhere in recent days. The country has been in lockdown since Friday. Records have been broken at the auctions, as far as products manage to get there, in any case.
Growers are trying to harvest as much as possible and work longer to keep up with the demand from the supermarkets. Some traders have limited their sales to their customers, while others have speculated on the market. The demand for bananas and potatoes is particularly high and their prices have risen.
In recent days, the price has fallen again, now that Spanish consumers are somewhat calmer and haven’t been hoarding as much. This is a “rebound” effect that can be observed with many products. The demand for citrus fruits remains high and prices are rising, although there’s not much left in stock with produce going straight to market. With an economic recession ahead, traders fear that the demand for luxury products, such as mangoes, avocados and berries, will fall.
Warehouses currently remain open with strict regulations for their workers, which is slowing down the production process. Exports to other European countries are increasing due to the growing demand for fruit and vegetables. The higher demand, problems in the production and rising costs have led to tension between importers and exporters. Many trucks are also returning to Spain empty. Further restrictions on unprocessed products may result in more problems for the sector.
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