Consumers want more non-standard vegetables –

Two-thirds of supermarket customers are ready to buy more fruit and vegetables that go beyond usual standards, according to a survey by the Alliance of Consumer Organizations. It requires greater commitment from distributors.

At the height of the Covid-19 crisis, Coop and Migros had broadened their offer of vegetables and fruits, also taking into account those that did not meet the usual standards of shape and size, recalls the Alliance of consumer organizations on Tuesday. , formed by the FRC in French-speaking Switzerland, the SKS in German-speaking Switzerland and the ACSI in Ticino.

Since then, it is very difficult to find such fruits and vegetables on the shelves, they denounce, deploring “food waste”. Spot checks carried out at the beginning of August in Coop, Migros, Denner, Aldi and Lidl stores in German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino showed that the supply has fallen significantly.

It was practically non-existent at Aldi, Lidl and Denner as well as in the small and medium-sized branches of Migros and Coop. It was only in the department stores of the orange giants that a few products were available in isolation, deplores the Alliance of Consumer Organizations.

Online survey

An online survey conducted in July by the Fédération romande des consommateurs (FRC) and its counterparts with 4,150 participants showed that more than half of consumers bought such products during the lockdown.

Nearly 66% of respondents want to continue buying them in the future and 25% believe that non-standard fruits and vegetables should not necessarily be offered at a lower price.

These figures show that customers are more inclined to consume non-standard fruits and vegetables than retailers to offer them, note consumer organizations. The latter therefore contacted the distributors to ask them to further expand their range.

ats / ebz

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