Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables for January to September this year were up 8% in volume (to 9.2 million tons) and 14% in value (to €8.6 billion) compared to the same period last year, according to Spanish government figures processed by FEPEX.
Fruit exports, which accounted for 60% of the total, rose 10% in volume to 5.6 million tons, and 15% in value to €5.2 billion. FEPEX said citrus, berries, melons and, to a lesser extent, stone fruit, grew strongly in both volume and value.
blueberry €202 million (+ 31%)
raspberry €182 million ( + 35%)
blackberry €11.8 million (+ 48%)
gooseberry €6.6 million (+ 191%)
watermelon €290 million (+ 31%)
melon €258 million (+ 7%)
Stone fruit exports: peach, nectarine, plum, apricot and cherry exports totalled €1 billion (+ 12%) and 999,981 tons (+ 2%).
Vegetable exports to September this year totalled 3.6 million tons, up 4% on the same period of 2014, with a value of €3.46 billion (+ 14%).
Products with the most striking growth:
- tomatoes €705 million (+ 1%)
- peppers €581 million (+ 4%)
- lettuce €442 million (+ 16%)
- cabbage €332 million (+ 14%)
- zucchini €214 million (+ 60%)
- garlic €175 million (+ 40%)
Sales of Spanish fruit & veg to other EU countries
Spain’s exports of fruits and vegetables to other EU countries stood at €8 billion, up 17% and accounting for 93% of its total export value, while its exports to non-EU countries were down 9% to €602 million. Germany, with €2.1 billion (+ 17%) remains the main export market for Spanish fruit and vegetables, representing 24% of the total.
It is followed by France with €1.57 billion (+ 15%) and the UK with €1.2 billion (+ 16%).