Spaniards lead the way in online purchases
Germans consuming more organics
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The consumption of organic food in Germany has seen remarkable growth in recent years, according to a survey by PwC. In 2016, only 16% of buyers preferred to consume organic food that was certified, a figure that has risen to 24% today. The results show that 55% of consumers trust the seals that certify organic products, 29% trust them less, and 6% don't trust them at all.
Surge in demand for fresh produce in Spain in 2020
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.
Growth in demand for fresh produce slows
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Signs have appeared indicating a slowdown in the strong growth of consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables registered during the pandemic, according to the latest data published by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. In June, the increase in consumption was 11%, but in July it was down to 4.5%, compared to the same months of 2019. This marks a significant drop from the growth registered during the lockdown, with demand surging by 40% in April and 22% in May.
Spanish consumers won’t repeat stockpiling habits in case of new lockdown
Data from the third wave of the report 'Consumption in and out of the home during and after COVID-19', compiled by AECOC Shopperview and 40dB consulting, suggests that Spanish consumers feel better prepared for new outbreaks of COVID-19 and trust the supply capacity of supermarkets. Only 27% of those surveyed say they will buy non-perishable products to store at home, while 67% say that this time they will not be afraid of store shortages.
Japan registers fall in fruit consumption amidst high prices
The first half of 2020 saw fruit prices in Japan at their highest levels for a decade. The soaring prices have no doubt contributed to the drop in fruit consumption. Between January and June 2020, the average price of fruit in Japan was US$4.86/kg, compared with US$4.34/kg for the period since 2011, according to data from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. So, as demand has fallen, the average Japanese household spend on fruit has risen. Fruit consumption has dropped to 31.5kg per household, the second-lowest total since 2011 and 5.5% lower than the ten-year average.
China consumes seven times more kiwi than any other country
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Kiwifruit is currently enjoying a spell of great popularity across the world, and its period in the limelight is set to continue. Demand is increasing in the major markets, thanks partly to its central role in the booming fruit juice industry and its attractiveness for health-conscious consumers. The growth in the world’s kiwi markets is also being driven by the sector’s constant innovation. Yellow kiwis have enjoyed great success in Asian markets, particularly in China, where consumers prefer sweet-tasting fruits.