In anticipation of an extension of the curfew from 6 p.m., the canned and frozen vegetable sector anticipates a “sudden increase in consumption”.
Factories are working to release large volumes of canned and frozen vegetables in anticipation of an extension of the curfew as early as 6 p.m., synonymous with reduced time available for shopping and a potential rush on produce. base, their interprofessional organization said Thursday. “We have volumes that are pulling very, very strong in anticipation of tonight’s announcements”, Declared, without precise figures, Olivier Morel, the president of the interprofession of the canned and frozen vegetables Unilet, during a press conference. “The factories right now are running full blast“, Seven days a week, to face a”sudden increase in consumption“, Continued Olivier Morel.
The executive must decide Thursday on new restrictions in the face of Covid-19. Prime Minister Jean Castex holds a press conference at 6 p.m., surrounded by six ministers. If the extension of the curfew from 6 p.m. beyond the 25 departments already concerned by the measure, seems acquired, its extent remains to be determined.
«No massive shortage»
During the first containment decreed in the spring, supermarket sales jumped: + 31% in volume for frozen vegetables and + 28% for canned goods, according to Unilet, citing data from panelist Kantar. “There is tension” more “we do not anticipate a massive shortage“, Said Olivier Morel, while recalling that manufacturers depended on the availability of agricultural raw materials, which was undermined by a disappointing 2020 harvest.
At the same time, the sector is facing a fall in orders from collective and commercial catering (usually 49% of outlets for frozen vegetables, 14% for canned vegetables). However, she argues, the transfer of these volumes to the shelves of supermarkets is “not easy»Due to specific ranges and packaging.
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