At the beginning of March, according to media reports, Poles spent almost four times more than usual on spirit in small stores. Sales of cleaning products also increased significantly. Consumers also spent twice as much on groats, rice, flour or other dry food and bakery products. Expenditures on flour, pasta, canned vegetables and salt also increased by several dozen percent.
“At Lubella, we produce pasta in a continuous movement, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” says to „Rzeczpospolita” Maspex spokeswoman for the food concern Dorota Liszka. The medical industry, protection products and sewing work without interruptions.
Dziennik Rzeczpospolita reports that dairy cooperatives and bakeries are overwhelmed with the numer of orders. The producers’ worry is the possible quarantine of employees and transport to stores.
The situation is caused by an epidemiological crisis. According to the President of the Selena Group management board, Krzysztof Domaradzki, we should stop the economy, like they did in China (only pharmaceutical production or companies operating in a continuous mode like steel mills were working) and limit the mobility of citizens. Radical steps allowed to quickly stop the spread of the virus, and the drastic stopping of the economy allowed for a faster recovery from the crisis. Many factories or seaports work at around 80 – 90% of capacity. Steps of the Chinese government should be used in Poland, says President Domaradzki.
More about food production in the Opolskie Voivodeship can be found in the report on the food industry of the Opolskie Voivodeship: http://coi.opolskie.pl/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FOOD_EN.pdf