The total consumption of fruit and vegetables per capita in Spain from May 2022 to April 2023 totalled 128.54 kilograms, which represents a reduction of 32.2 kilos compared to 2021, or 2.5 kilos less per person a month.
The data, extracted from the report Food month by month, April 2023, prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, confirm the continuing decline in the consumption of fruit and vegetables in Spanish households.
In total, from May 2022 to April 2023, Spaniards reduced vegetable purchases by 9.7% and fresh fruit purchases by 9.2%. Major drops were recorded for consumption of green beans, peppers and cabbage (16.1%, 14.1% and 10.1%, respectively).
Fruits such as watermelon (-22%), cherries (-18%), peach (-16.2%) and melon (-15.5%) have also lost weight in the shopping basket. In fact, all categories of fruit and vegetables have experienced a decrease in consumption of more than 12% in the past year, even for the most demanded products such as tomatoes.