Pepper Sales Lift Spain's Fresh Produce Exports, Report Suggests
Spain’s fresh produce exports grew 10% in volume and 5% in value in the first seven months of 2019, driven by significant increase in the demand for pepper, according to a report in the web portal fruitnet.com.
Citing the latest data from Spain’s Customs and Excise Department, the report stated that exports for the January-July 2019 period amounted 8.4 million tonnes in volume and €8.67 billion in value.
The overall value of vegetable exports was up 11% to €3.75 billion, mainly driven by peppers, cabbage, and courgettes.
Pepper exports grew 7% in volume to 510,253 tonnes, and 17% in value to €734 million during this period.
Tomato exports declined 6% in volume and 1% in value to 516,654 tonnes and €602 million respectively, the report said.
The fruit segment saw an export volume growth of 14% year-on-year to 4.8 million tonnes in the first seven months of 2019.
However, the category only witnessed a 1% growth in value to €4.9 billion due to declining values of citrus and watermelon.
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