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Storm Filomena – Impact on Fresh Produce

Storm Filomena

As we’re sure you’ve seen on the media the past week Spain has been suffering from Storm Filomena. The country has been struggling with unpredictable changes which has impacted their harvests significantly. Deep snow has covered much of the country, provinces like Almeria and Granada has seen and will continue to see a significant drop in their produce levels. Products such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines are struggling with low yields due to the cold snap.

January is usually the Spanish farmers peak month for fruit and vegetables. However producers across the country have informed us that farmers are unable to harvest their crop and not enough volume is entering warehouses to allow them to fulfil orders.  It’s not all doom and gloom though with the provinces of Valencia with the Unió de Llauradors union stating the weather has been beneficial for replenishing their water reserves. Not only this but due to this there indoor crops have seen significant growth improvements.

With the cold snap set to last till Thursday it is feared that shortages will be noticeable; stock levels will be lower which will incur price rises.

This is likely to be a short-term change and we will strive to give you an reviewed update when possible.

 

All information taken from IDC Urgent Action Required – Storm Filomena Newsletter