AECOC to pay tribute to sector’s key role
Increased demand for organic produce during pandemic
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Sales of organic produce have surged in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, according to data published by Waitrose. During lockdown, the UK retailer registered a 13% rise in organic food sales, and a doubling in searches for its Organic Duchy range during the period. In recent months, sales of organic vegetables are up 23% from the same period in 2019, with 52 bags of organic carrots, 34 blueberry punnets and 39 bags of bananas sold every hour.
ESSA and Freshfel Europe’s Food Crisis Management Event
Hong Kong port hit by outbreak of Covid-19 may shut temporarily
Almost 70 people have been infected with Covid-19 in the last 10 days in Hong Kong’s port, which has become the country’s third largest epicentre of Covid-19, with 55 cases in the Kwai Tsing container terminal alone. Sofreight.com reports that port workers’ family members have already been diagnosed with Covid-19, confirming secondary transmission.
Apples from Europe Campaign and the Covid-19 Situation
According to the latest press release from the Association of Polish Distributors Fruit and Vegetables "Fruit Union", the situation related to the Covid-19 pandemic caused a sharp increase in the consumption of pre-packaged fruit and vegetables and a general increase in the consumption of fruit and vegetables.
Spanish consumers won’t repeat stockpiling habits in case of new lockdown
Data from the third wave of the report 'Consumption in and out of the home during and after COVID-19', compiled by AECOC Shopperview and 40dB consulting, suggests that Spanish consumers feel better prepared for new outbreaks of COVID-19 and trust the supply capacity of supermarkets. Only 27% of those surveyed say they will buy non-perishable products to store at home, while 67% say that this time they will not be afraid of store shortages.
Xinfadi Market reopens in Beijing
Beijing’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesale market reopened on 15 August, two months after it was shut down in response to a Covid-19 outbreak. According to a report by Xinhua, only one section of the market will reopen initially, accounting for about 60% of normal transaction volumes for fruit and vegetables, while the remaining sectors are scheduled to resume business before 10 September.