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The article here on the Diario de Almería site has some information about overseas sales of fruit and vegetables produced in Spain.

Our province is the biggest exporter of fruit and vegetables in the country.

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Almería accounts for a quarter of Spanish fruit and vegetable exports, growing by 17%

In the first six months of the year, it sends abroad products worth 2,239 million, its best historical record

Almería is the undisputed leader and promoter of fruit and vegetable exports with half of Andalusian sales in the sector in the first half (51%) and almost a quarter of those in Spain (23%), which account for 2,239 million, its best record. It is also the province in which sales grew the most in this period, 17.1% year-on-year.

At the regional level, Andalusia reached a new record for fruit and vegetable exports in the first half of 2022, with 4,424 million euros, its historical maximum in a semester for which comparable records exist (1995), thanks to a growth of 11, 6% compared to the same period in 2021, when a record was also recorded in the historical series, despite the crisis derived from the impact of Covid-19.

With this, the community reinforces its leadership in fruit and vegetable exports from Spain, with two out of every four euros (46%) of national sales, which reached 9,699 million euros, far ahead of the following regions, the Valencian Community (23 .1%) and the Region of Murcia (17.5%), according to data from Extenda.

The leadership of Andalusia has its main strength in the province of Almería, since between January and June 2022 it accounted for 51% of total Andalusian exports, with a new historical record to reach 2,239 million euros, which also represents 23.1% of the national total.

Regarding its main destinations, the top 10 are European, but there is significant growth towards diversification in Canada, the market that grows the most of the top 20, with more than double the turnover of the previous year (126%), to exceed the 18 million euros

The fruit and vegetable sector has presented a revealing contribution to the Andalusian trade balance, to which it contributes a surplus of 3,880 million, which is also a historical record, and with a coverage rate of 813%, 340 points higher than the Spanish.

By products, in the first half of 2022, sales were led by strawberries, with 578 million, 13.1% of the total, and an increase of 10.1%; followed by sweet peppers, with 574 million (13%), whose sales grew by 11.2%; and in third place were tomatoes, with 527 million (11.9%) and an increase of 29.6%.

Cucumbers are in fourth place, with 404 million, 9.1% of the total, and an increase of 44%; followed by raspberries, with 305 million (6.9%) and an increase of 14.9%; courgettes, with 251 million (5.7%) and a growth of 24.6%; and avocados, with 215 million (4.9%) and a slight decrease of 1.2%.

Following are watermelons, with 172 million (3.9%) and an increase of 6.8%; followed by blueberries, with 169 million (3.8%), which grew by 7.4%; and lettuce, with 121 million (2.7%), which increased its data with respect to the previous year by 15.1%.

Finally, it is worth mentioning, among the first twenty products, the growth in sales of bananas, with 1.7 million, which increased its sales by 131%; and grapes, with 3.8 million euros and an increase of 59%.

Europe, the first market, Canada, the fastest growing

Europe tops the top ten destinations for exports from the Andalusian fruit and vegetable sector abroad. The first country is Germany, with 1,359 million, 30.7% of the total and an advance of 13% compared to the period from January to June 2021; followed by France, with 675 million, 15.3% of the total and a rise of 7.2%. In third place is the United Kingdom, with 565 million (12.8%) and a decrease of 4%; followed by the Netherlands, with 502 million, 11.4% and a growth of 21.7%; and Italy, with 196 million, 4.4%, with an increase of 9.7%.

Its sixth international market is Poland, with 191 million (4.3%) and a rise of 18.2% compared to the first six months of the previous year; followed by Belgium, with 120 million (2.7%) and an increase of 22.5%. In eighth position is Switzerland, with 109 million (2.5%) and an increase of 2.3%; followed by Portugal, with 104 million (2.4%) and a decrease of 3% and, in tenth place, Austria, with 88 million (2%) and a growth of 38%.

Likewise, among the first twenty destinations for Andalusian fruit and vegetables, the growth of other European countries such as Canada (20th) stands out with 18.2 million and an increase of 126%; the Czech Republic, which is already the thirteenth market, with 76 million in sales and an increase of 55%; Norway (16th), with 27.9 million, which grows by 43%; and Romania (19th) which rose 38% to 20 million.

These data are derived from the figures of the Foreign Trade Statistics of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism prepared for Andalusia by the Observatory for the Internationalization of the Andalusian Economy of Extenda-Andalucía Export and Foreign Investment, a public company of the Ministry of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior. More information at: https://www.extenda.es/observatorio-internacionalizacion/