The country is the leading non-European importer of Spanish fresh fruit and vegetables in the opening quarter of the year

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to Canada rose to €27.9m in the first quarter of 2022, up 5 per cent on the same period of 2021.

Canada fresh produce basket and flag

This made Canada the leading destination outside Europe for Spain’s fresh produce sales, with total exports outside of Europe amounting to €138.8m, up 13 per cent.

Data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, processed by Fepex, showed that exports outside of Europe came in at 124,963 tonnes in volume terms, growth of 9 per cent.

Exports to non-European markets represented 16 per cent of overall exports, which stood at 3.7m tonnes in volume and €4.89bn in value.

Canada took on some 24,402 tonnes, up 4 per cent year-on-year.

Other leading non-European markets included the United Arab Emirates with €13.9m (up 15 per cent) and Saudi Arabia, with €11.7m (up 1 per cent).