Beatriz Corchuelo – University of Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas S/N. Faculty of Economics and Business Studies. Código
Postal (06006) Badajoz, Spain
Pedro E. López-Salazar – University of Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas S/N. Faculty of Economics and Business Studies. Código
Postal (06006) Badajoz, Spain
Celia Sama-Berrocal – University of Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas S/N. Faculty of Economics and Business Studies. Código
Postal (06006) Badajoz, Spain

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/EMAN.2021.263


5th International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2021 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Online/Virtual, March 18, 2021, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; ISBN 978-86-80194-43-1, ISSN 2683-4510

Abstract:

The coronavirus pandemic is having an economic impact, previously non-existent, on the world
economy. The objective of this study is to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on agri-food companies in the
Autonomous Community of Extremadura (Spain). A qualitative methodology is used through interviews
with 15 managers of agri-food companies and a technology center for the period February 2020 – January

The results reveal the existence of differentiated impacts, both financial and operational, depending,
principally, on the nature of the products, the changes generated in consumer behavior, and mobility problems.
Likewise, changes were observed in the processes and procedures in the companies to overcome the
obstacles imposed by the new situation. In conclusion, the change in environmental conditions, as well as
the characteristics of the spread of the pandemic, has impacted the strategies, behavior, processes, dynamics
and results of organizations regardless of their size and the nature of their work product or service.

Keywords:

Agri-food companies, COVID-19, Case study, Impact, Actions.

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