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"Positive Evolution" for Spain's veg exports

Country's fresh produce exports rise through the year to August, while the volume of imports falls 4 per cent

"Positive Evolution" for Spain's veg exports

Spain's pepper exports increased through the January-August period

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Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports grew in both volume and value terms through the opening eight months of the year, according to updated statistics released by the General Directorate of Customs and processed by industry body Fepex.

Overall fresh produce exports grew 9 per cent in volume to 9.2m tonnes, while value climbed 4 per cent to €9.36bn.

Vegetable exports jumped 12 per cent in value to €3.96bn and 5 per cent in volume to 3.8 tonnes, with Fepex highlighting the strong performance of peppers, cabbages and sprouts in particular.

"For Fepex, the data until August represents a positive evolution for the whole of the vegetable category," the group noted.

Sales of fresh fruit came in at 5.4 tonnes, growth of 12 per cent, although fruit export value fell 0.3 per cent to €5.4m, hit by falls in citrus and stonefruit sales value.

Meanwhile, Spain's fresh produce imports for the January-August period dropped 4 per cent in volume to 2m tonnes, while value rose 5 per cent to €1.92bn.

The decrease in volume occurred mainly in fruit, with falls for products such as bananas, pineapples and kiwifruit.

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