Vanguard continues to combat COVID-19 challenges

April 06, 2020

vanguardThe impacts of COVID-19 on the fresh produce industry are fast-moving. Unfortunately, this virus is spreading quickly around the entire globe. A regional issue has become a global one and most countries across the globe are responding with closed borders, complete lockdowns and transportation limitations. With so much uncertainty at the pinnacle of this pandemic, we are bound to see impacts on our food system, and both supply and demand of fresh produce.

"The food supply chain is an incredibly connected web of agricultural inputs, fruit packers and processors, transportation, shipping and more," said Craig Stauffer, chief executive officer of Vanguard International. "Professionals in the fresh produce industry, including Vanguard’s team, are working around the clock to combat challenges of border closures, quarantines, and supply chain and/or trade disruptions to limit the impact on people’s and our customers’ access to diverse sources of quality assured fresh fruits and vegetables."

Stauffer provided this breakdown of the impacts that COVID-19 could have or is having, and factors that Vanguard is constantly monitoring:

Transporting Fresh Produce

Agriculture Production  

Fresh Produce Demand

"This industry has been built on its ability to adopt, adapt, and change quickly," said Stauffer. "This isn’t the first global concern that has put pressure on our food system. We, as a collective industry, are well-versed in how to shift the supply chain to benefit as many people as possible. If you have questions or concerns about your region, please reach out to your local Vanguard representative. We are in this together!"

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