How independent grocers and fresh produce central markets navigated COVID supply chain disruptions

Ashley Walmsley
By Ashley Walmsley
Updated July 4 2022 - 1:18pm, first published April 13 2022 - 6:00pm
FLEXIBLE: By and large, independent greengrocers managed to maintain fresh produce supplies throughout the COVID pandemic lockdowns due to their flexibility in purchasing from the central markets.

COVID-19 disruptions to the fresh produce supply chain have reinforced the necessity and benefits of the central markets systems.

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Ashley Walmsley

Ashley Walmsley

Editor, Good Fruit & Vegetables

For more than a decade, Ashley Walmsley has written about Australian agriculture. Having grown up on his parents smallcrops, cane and cattle property in Queensland, but clearly unable to grow anything himself, it was a natural progression for him to pursue a career writing about rural industries. He is currently the editor of Fairfax Media’s only national, fresh produce magazine, Good Fruit & Vegetables, while also covering horticulture stories for the agricultural papers and websites. When not writing about vegetables, fruits and nuts, Ashley enjoys playing and discussing video games from a simpler time, and doing impersonations of ABC radio presenters.

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