This could be difficult

The regional director for Agriculture and Fisheries in the Algarve, Pedro Monteiro, also told Lusa that “the reality of the pandemic helped” the Algarve’s citrus industry, but more so the big producers, because the small ones “sell essentially to the Horeca channel [acronym for hospitality, restaurants and cafes] and in street markets”, which “were closed” during the pandemic, creating “difficulties” in selling their produce.
In order to avoid more severe problems in the future, the authorities encourage “the emergence of new outlets” and “called for proximity consumption, short chains and direct contact between producers and consumers”, but this solution “does not solve all the problems”, he considered.

Indeed this doesn’t solve all the problems as proximity consumption, short chains and direct contact means exactly that Horeca channel, doesn’t it?

BTW, anyone coming to Portugal this summer keep an eye open in the supermarkets for Algarve OJ. Compal, one of the brands, certainly does it. I’m told that the oranges here are the old Moorish ones, rather than more modern cultivars. The juice is certainly nice and sharp.

3 thoughts on “This could be difficult”

  1. ‘the authorities encourage’

    Assuming the marketplace is relatively free, businesses will do what they think will work best for them. The authorities are talking to the moon.

  2. Hmm, “proximity consumption, short chains and direct contact between producers and consumers” was what suffered most due to lockdown

    Pedro Monteiro wants more of this. Has he been sacked?

    What has been successful? Private sector
    One is Heinz UK – they’ve upped production of baked beans from 900 to 1,200 tins per minute, increased soup production by 30% and spaghetti by 15% to meet demand
    Also reduced range: no 1/2 tins, curry beans etc

    Thank God we don’t have an ‘envy of the world’ National Food Service, we’d be back to Atlantic convoys being attacked – by China Virus

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    called for proximity consumption, short chains and direct contact between producers and consumers”,

    Again we see their preferred model is the Haitian solution. If only we were more like Haiti with short chains of grindingly-poor subsistence peasants scratching the surface of the earth with an ox if they are lucky.

    Oh joy.

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