The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, and the representatives of the employers of food distribution, Asuican and Asodiscan, have assured this Friday that the Canary Islands will not have problems with the supply of food and other merchandise and that purchases should be made normally.
The meeting was attended by the manager of the Association of Large Distributors of the Canary Islands (Asodiscan), Alfredo Medina, and the Association of Supermarkets of the Canary Islands (Asuican), Alonso Fernández, as well as representatives of some of the main chains of food, among which were the director of Mercadona for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, Francisca Planells; the regional director of Carrefour, Jesús López, the president of the Tomás Barreto SA group of companies (SPAR La Palma) and the manager of expansion and real estate of LIDL in the Canary Islands, Daniel Picazo.
Given the situation created by the crisis caused by the coronavirus, the Government agreed at a meeting with the employers to create a working table between the representatives of commercial distribution and regional supermarkets with the Ministry to coordinate joint actions and to be kept up to date, before any new situation and peaks in demand such as those that are occurring now.
Among the measures to be adopted, the development of a campaign aimed at the local population was proposed, which would bring normality regarding the dispatch of merchandise and avoid the massive influx to supermarkets for "excessive" stockpiling. which is occurring and that is "totally unnecessary".