Spanish fresh deciduous fruits committed to sustainability and smart agriculture
The Spanish deciduous fruit sector is committed and focused on fruit varietal innovation, sustainable production, smart agriculture, digital improvements, green packaging and fruit quality. More efficient harvesting and processing methods have resulted in higher productivity. The introduction of new varieties and the efforts to open up new international markets are particularly relevant in the Spanish table grape sector.
Spain is the main fruit supplier to the United Kingdom (UK), mainly supplying bananas, table grapes, fresh apples and citrus fruits. In MA 2020/21, Spanish apple exports to the UK were valued at US $ 12 million, stable compared to the previous season and so far unaffected by Brexit. The UK is also the primary market for Spanish table grapes. Last season Spain’s table grape exports to the UK market were valued at $ 144 million and, according to the industry, to date Brexit has also not had a negative impact on exports of Spanish table grapes to this market.
According to the latest official Spanish data, Catalonia is the region with the highest production of table apples, accounting for 55 percent of total production. The Aragon region follows, contributing 20 percent of production. By variety, Galicia is the region known for its cider apples with 70 percent of the total Spanish cider apple production, followed by Asturias and the Basque Country.
The main apple variety cultivated in Spain is Golden Delicious, with 50 percent of total apple production (concentrated in Catalonia, Aragon and Galicia). Since 2013, the production of other varieties such as Fuji and Cripps Pink has increased due to their quality and texture.
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