Food Consumption Report in Spain 2023 shows that fresh fruit consumption slid 2.7 per cent last year

The consumption of fruit in Spain dropped 2.7 per cent in 2023 when compared with the previous year.

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That is according to data from the Food Consumption Report in Spain 2023, which was released last week after consultation with Fepex.

The country’s fruit consumption stood at 78.5kg per person, per year, the report said, a drop of 2kg consumed in homes annually.

Citrus, apples and pears, grapes and berries were the categories that saw the biggest reduction, while the demand for exotics, stonefruit and melons improved.

In terms of overall volumes, the most-purchased products were citrus (oranges, lemons, tangerines and grapefruit) and exotic fruits (bananas, kiwifruit, avocados, pineapples and cherimoya), with a per capita consumption of 18.5kg and 18.7kgs per person, per year, respectively.

The segment that performed best in 2023 was exotic fruits, with an increase of 1.32kg per person, per year.

Per capita consumption of both stonefruit and melons/watermelons also increased, up 3.1 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively.

By contrast, the fruit categories that decreased the most in terms of household consumption were citrus, with a drop of 3.1kg per person, per year; apples, pears and grapes, with per capita consumption down 6.6 per cent; and berries, down 11.4 per cent.