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Lack of tourists and high prices are causing a decline in the trade of fresh produce

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Ireland has had its hottest and driest summer for years, but that hasn’t translated into increased sales of fresh produce.

According to Justin Leonard, fruit and vegetable trader of Jackie Leonard & Sons, trade is not great.

“Travel restrictions were lifted and Irish people who hadn’t been abroad for a few years flocked to the airports to go on holiday abroad, but we didn’t have the normal flow of tourists coming to Ireland. Tourist arrivals have dropped by 25% compared to pre-pandemic figures.

This is due to the staggering cost of living in Irish cities such as Dublin, which are among the highest in Europe.

“Ireland has taken in around 50,000 Ukrainian refugees and many hoteliers have signed 5-year contracts with the Irish government to house them, a long-term business they need after two years in prison. »

Ireland imports 70% of its fresh produce and rising input and fuel costs from around the world have increased 15-20% for most products, even 30% for some.

“Sales of staples like tomatoes and potatoes were stable but nothing extraordinary. People have to eat, and they continue to eat out, but not as much as before. They are alarmed by the rising cost of living. “

Justin doesn’t see the situation improving as the cost of living will continue to rise for some time to come. “We’ve been through tough times before and survived, so I’m sure we’ll overcome whatever comes our way. »

For more information:
Justin Leonard
JACKIE LEONARD AND SONS LTD
Such. : +353.1.873.3055
Cell. : +353.86.867.4760
justin@jackieleonards.ie
www.justinleonard.net

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