Surge in demand for fresh produce in Spain in 2020

Wed 20/01/2021 by Richard Wilkinson
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Between January and November 2020, the volume of food purchases in Spain increased by 10% y-o-y to 31.5 million tons, while in value terms, the increase was 13% to €78.4 billion, as average prices increased by 2.7%, according to a study prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

The purchase of fresh potatoes and vegetables by households increased by 13.7% and 11.1% respectively. In addition, onions, lettuce, endives, peppers and cabbages all saw growth in excess of 10%. Demand for fresh fruit was up 9%. Lemon purchases rose by 19.3%, while sales growth of over 10% was also recorded for apples, bananas, watermelon, grapes and kiwis, compared to the same period in 2019.

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