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Despite lower volumes, Spanish fruit exports climb in value

Wed 30/01/2019 by Richard Wilkinson
Despite lower volumes, Spanish fruit exports climb in value

Spain’s fruit exports up to November 2018 were worth €6.9 billion, up 2% on the same period in 2017. However, in volume terms, they fell 6% to 6.3 million tons. According to FEPEX data, the stonefruit category was most hit by the drop on production. Peach exports plummeted by 15% to 381,000 tons, while increasing in value by 1% to €381 million. Nectarine volumes were down 24% to 357,000 tons, while slipping 3% in value to €408 million. Plum export volumes plunged 28% to 71,000 tons and were worth 13% less (€86 million). The berry category was similarly hit, with overall volumes falling 8% to 277,000 tons, while increasing in value by 1% to €582 million. However, there were significant rises in export volumes of blueberries, up 26% to 57,500 tons, +17% in value to €323 million. Also, raspberry exports climbed 10% to 46,000 tons – up 1% in value to €349 million.

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