The loss of production caused in the wake of the eruption on the island of Palma generated a serious drop in consumption of Canary Islands bananas due to the lack of product and high prices. Many consumers opted for other products, and the total sale of bananas fell by 9% in Spain, the largest decrease experienced in the last 10 years.
But the situation has improved. At the end of August 2023, the total banana production in the Canary Islands exceeded that of 2022 by 75 million kilograms and that of 2021, before the volcano, by 20 million. This has led to an increase in sales and hope for the future of the islands’ bananas.