For fresh fruit, consumption has dropped by 1.1%, totalling 376.1 million kilos, and for fresh vegetables, there has been a 3.8% drop, with a total of 220 million kilos. Meanwhile, the consumption of fresh potatoes has grown by 3%, reaching 89.4 million kilos.
Expenditure on fruit and vegetables in households in September increased by 2%, totalling 990.2 million Euro. There has been a 3.6% growth in the case of fruits, with 539.6 million Euro, and a 2% increase in the case of vegetables, with 388.6 million Euro, while expenditure on potatoes fell by 11%, down to 62 million Euro.
Looking at the total figures for the period from January to September, the demand stood at 5,911 million kilos, with a year-on-year drop of 3.1%, and expenditure totalled 8,595 million Euro (-0.5%). The consumption of fruit has amounted to 3,257 million kilos (-2.8%) worth 4,663 million Euro (-1.1%), that of vegetables has stood at 1,924 million kilos (-4.3%) worth 3,392 million Euro (+1%) and that of potatoes has reached 730 million kilos (-1.2%) worth 541 million Euro (-4.4%).
The decline in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in homes is a common trend in 2017 and in September it has been recorded by all vegetables, except for cabbage, and by many fruits, including summer ones, like peaches, with an 8.7% drop in demand, or apricots, with a 15.7% fall.