As we explained in an earlier post, the trend of export of fruits and vegetables in Spain during 2016 was very positive compared to the previous year.
According to data from the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers Exporters of Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants FEPEX, vegetable exports grew by almost 8% and fruit exports increased by 3%.
The agricultural sector has experienced a very positive and beneficial growth and that is why the strategies of the fruits and vegetables exporters will be focused on both European and non-European countries. Some examples of these Asian countries are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and China, South American countries like Brazil and North American countries like Canada, which is located in one of the main countries to which Spain destines its fruits and vegetables. As exports grow, so do imports of these foods, remaining 21% more than in the previous year by third countries and 13% more for European countries.
The main non-EU country supplying fruit and vegetables is Morocco, followed by other South American countries such as Chile, Costa Rica and Brazil. The leading importing countries of the European Union are France, Italy and the Netherlands. These exports and imports data gives us an overview of the positive trends in the horticultural sector. An event that will reflect this trend and which is a benchmark in the sector, is the international fair FRUIT ATTRACTION 2017, which today has a 15% increase in the number of exhibitors.
This event presents some new features this year. Firstly, a space called Fresh`n Star will be set up, in which the days and exhibitions related to the two star products of this edition, lettuce and pomegranate will be concentrated. There will also be new exhibition areas dedicated to technology and innovation in the sector. In short, an event that we cannot miss as fruits and vegetables exporters.