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Spain: Huelva strawberry production drops by 12% due to bad weather

Jul 01, 2011

The production from the last strawberry season, which is about to end, dropped by 12% regarding the campaign of 2009-10, going from 285,000 tons and 252,237 tons, despite good quality and good prices, as Europapress indicated. The Vice-counsellor for Agriculture and Fishing, Juan Ignacio Serrano, pointed out yesterday, after a meeting with representatives of the fruits and vegetables sector in Huelva, that despite a drop in production, the campaign was marked by the "high quality" of fruit. According to Serrano, "there were no problems with diseases or size" and markets had "a good acceptance for the new varieties".     

Spain: Nut imports prevent sector from covering costs

Jun 21, 2011

Imports of nuts such as almonds from California, prevent prices fixed by Spanish cooperatives covering costs, according to Antonio Hidalgo, president of the Council for the Dried Fruits Sector of Agricultural Cooperatives of Spain. 90% of the national production of dried fruits and nuts is based on the almond harvest, even if there are other types of products, but on a much smaller scale, like pistachio, nougat or the autonomous production of hazelnut in Catalonia, among others. The organoleptic qualities of the Spanish almond are way superior to the Californian one", according to Hidalgo.     

Spain leads world strawberries market

Jun 09, 2011

During the past five years the Spanish strawberry has filled international markets. In 2010, the sector's turnover was 396.7 million euros in exports. In the world there are more than a thousand varieties of strawberries, but the ones which have the Spanish label are the leaders in global exports. The Spanish name has positioned itself as a world-class fruit in markets in five continents. Spain, since 2007, is the world's leading exporter of this fruit and second in production, only behind of the United States.     

Vegetables from 4 Europe states off Capital shelves

Jun 02, 2011

Supermarkets and hypermarkets in the Capital have removed the vegetables imported from Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany from their shelves, as fears of E.coli contamination spread in Europe this week.The UAE also imposed a temporary ban on import of cucumbers from a number of European countries including Spain, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, Wam reported.“We removed lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and other produce imported from the European nations this morning in line with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority’s direction,” confirmed an executive at Lulu Hypermarkets in the capital.     

Spain: Second exporter of onion to EU, after the Netherlands

May 10, 2011

Spain is one of the main producers and exporters of onion to the EU. It's the second, after the Netherlands.According to Eurostat, onion exports in 2010, from the Netherlands were of 1.3 million tons, while Spain exported 223,821 tons. After Spain comes Poland with 113,553 tons and France with 109,544 tons.Inside Spain, the main onion exporting community is Valencia, with 149,655 tons, followed by far by Castilla-La Mancha with 24,618 tons and Andalucía with 19,234 tons. In 2010, Spain imported 58,861 tons of onion coming mainly from the Netherlands, France and Chile.     

Spain: Organic food has a great developing potential in Germany

May 05, 2011

German suppliers trust that the market share of such products will widen in the next months. Despite the triple growth on the sale of organic products in the last decade - going from 2.1 million Euro in 2000 to 5.9 million in 2010 - organic food still has a wide growth potential in Germany. Supermarkets have a big responsibility in this growth, by introducing references in their shelves, getting wider profit margins.     

Spain: Germany strong citrus buyer

May 04, 2011

The citrus sector of Almeria sold 6,384 tons to external markets, between January and February this year. Some 26.5% more than last year. In the first two months of the year, the citrus companies of Almeria carried out 160 commercial operations, with what they've sent almost 6,400 tons of products, but mainly orange. This amount means that 26.5% more product than in the same period of last year was sold, as the delegate for the Council of Agriculture and Fishing, Juan Deus, highlighted in the data from the Spanish Institute of External Commerce.     

Spain: Citrus exports damaged by the cold wave

Apr 20, 2011

The Spanish orange consumption fell by 25% in the EU because the rejection effect and AVA-Asaja claims "exemplary punishment". The situation of lethargy and low prices that characterize the 2010/2011 citrus season, whose harvest is almost complete, is produced in a season that will be remembered for record exports but also for recording the largest frost of the decade in the Valencian countryside. According to data from Agroseguro, 64.97% of the orange area of the Comunitat Valenciana (about 40,000 plots) has been damaged by freezing temperatures; an even higher percentage that that experienced during the devastating adverse weather of 2005, when frost devastated 63.70% of the territory, but only extended to 20,000 plots, about half that now.     

Spain: Increased fruit and vegetable imports in 2010

Mar 08, 2011

Spanish imports of fruit and vegetables rose in value by 10% in 2010 compared to 2009 and stood at 1,474 million Euros, and 2% by volume totaling 2.4 million tons. Fruit import was the highest growth in 2010 with 965 million Euros (+13%) and 1.2 million tons (+4%). Vegetable imports increased by 6% in value amounting to 510 million Euros and volume stabilized at 1.2 million tons (+0.2%).     

Spain: Andalucia sends 2.5m tons of fruit and veg to EU

Feb 28, 2011

Germany is the main consumer market of these products with 345,499 tons, France comes next with 217,000, the Netherlands with 134,000 and United Kingdom with 112,000. These markets, eager for fresh products and having a few cultivation areas, mainly due to an unfavourable climate, bet more and more on a stable and quality supply for the whole year, something that they can only find in the production from the South of Spain, during the Winter months. The fruits and vegetables from Andalucia also reach other markets, far as Canada, Emirates, Russia or Finland. The main exported product is tomato, this vegetable counts for the biggest production area - 11,230 hectares in the present campaign, a extension way superior to the ones destined to other cultivations, like pepper (8,084 ha), cucumber (7,200 ha), courgette (4,850 ha) and aubergine (2,064 ha).     

Spain wheat imports slow a domestic crop favoured

Jan 13, 2011

Wheat shipments to import-dependent Spain have slowed due to climbing world prices as buyers have turned to cheaper domestic wheat or imported maize and sorghum, port and trade sources say.     

Spain: Tomato exports grow 67%

Dec 02, 2010

Tomatoes, with sales above 387 million Euro and 328,707 tons - about 67% of the total value of Spanish exports are second best in sales; strawberries came first with an increase of around 84% - 317 million Euro and 184,458 tons; and sweet paprikas took the third place with 62% more than last year - 234 million Euro for 170,510 tons.     

Spain: 5% decrease on imports of fruit and vegetables

Jun 30, 2010

The import of fruit and vegetables from January to April 2010 fell by 5% in value and 3% in volume compared to the same period of 2009, totaling 497 million Euro and 904 128 tons. The average price has fallen by 2%. Imports of vegetables decreased by 8% in value, totaling 201 million Euro and the volume was reduced by 7% totaling 525 936 tons. The import of the main imported vegetable, the potato, fell by 3% by volume totaling 371 745 tons and 19% in value, totaling 68 million Euro. The potato is followed in volume of importance by onion and green beans. In both cases the volume decreases but the value increases. The import of onion stood at 40 211 tons (-22%) worth 15 million Euro (+35%) and green bean was 33 613 tons (-12%) worth 39 million Euro ( +30%). The import of fruit stood at 378 192 tons (+4%) and 295 million Euro (-3%). The main imported fruit in this period is the apple with 83,966 tons (+7%) worth 57 million Euro (-4%). For FEPEX, the fall of the imports is a result of the economic crisis. In fruits should be noted that, despite the generally negative trend in imports, there has been a significant increase in imports of pomefruit: pear and apple.     

Spain: FRUIT ATTRACTION almost 400 exhibitors and still five and a half months till opening

May 12, 2010

The professional trade fair for fruit and vegetables, FRUIT ATTRACTION, to be held in Madrid from 20th to the 22nd of October, 2010 is now close to 400 exhibitors. Still five and half months away from its opening, the number of exhibitors is already at 397, reflecting strong growth perspectives. Clearly the number of exhibiting companies is still increasing, due to the fact that registration is open until a few days before the fair through the site of IFEMA:     
Source: Fresh Plaza