Christmas tree producers: the big rush before Christmas

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It’s already the big rush, on the side of the Christmas trees. Stores are hiring hard and some worry about not being books on time.

The Christmas tree season is in full swing. In Mézières-en-Brenne (Indre), a company hired 20 seasonal workers to meet demand. Dozens of trucks leave to deliver every day, to garden centers and supermarkets across France. Some 50,000 conifers are leaving the company this week.

In offices, anxious customers must be reassured by telephone. “They are panicking, because this is the first big week of deliveries, people are worried, they are wondering if they will be delivered to prepare for the Christmas holidays”, explains Amélie Barizza, executive assistant of the Sarl Court. 30% of the trees are produced locally, the others come mainly from the Rhône-Alpes region. For motor carriers, this represents six weeks of full-time work.

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