During the period of January-July 2017, Spanish exports of fresh fruits and vegetables increased by 2% in volume and 5% in value in comparison to the same period of the previous year, according to data from the General Directorate of Customs of the Ministry of Economy and of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables (Fepex).
Specifically, fruit exports grew by 7% in volume in the first seven months of the year, reaching 4.5 million tons with a value of 4,727 million euros, 4% more.
According to Fepex, the export of fruits stands out especially in stone fruits, such as peaches, with 248,459 tons, and nectarines, with 269,500 tons, which marks a growth of 20 and 23 percent, respectively. Also noteworthy are berries, with 44,446 tons in cranberries, with a growth of 32%, and raspberries, with 35,068 tons, 26% more than the same period of the previous year.
Other fruits whose sales have also increased are oranges, lemons, watermelons and melons.
In regards to vegetables, although exports fell by 4% compared to the same period last year to 3.2 million tons, the value of exports rose by 6% to € 3,521 million. Volume was reduced in tomatoes, the main vegetable sold, as well as in cabbages, cucumbers and zucchinis, while the value grew in all cases. Lettuce, the second most sold vegetable, increased its volume by 2% and its value stabilized at 441 million euros.