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A comparison between Italy and Spain in stone fruit export

The European Fruit Summit, which took place on the 6th of October in Cesena (Italy) was a useful opportunity to learn more about the actual situation of the Italian fruit export in comparison with other major players, for example Spain.

In the stone fruit sector a strong growth has emerged in the Spanish export since 2000. Volumes of exported peaches and nectarines from Spain have reached the same level as Italian exports, also in the months (July, August and September) when Italy was an unopposed leader in this field.

Spain, moreover, has succeeded in creating its own leadership in stone fruit export on the European market, in the months (May, June and October), when the competition from Italian peaches and nectarines is lower.

Peaches and nectarines - European export per country, during the period 2000-2009. The red line represents the Spanish export, the blue line the Italian one (Source: CSO elaboration on Eurostat data)

Export trends in May
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Export trends in June
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Export trends in July
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Export trends in August
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Export trends in September
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Export trend in October
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In 2009, Spain reached record volumes both for the production of table peaches (about 349,000 MT; +10% on 2008) and for table nectarines (more than 420,000 MT; +2% on 2008).

In the first half of 2009, on the other hand, Italian peaches and nectarines export strongly decreased, both in volume (-22% for peaches and -33% for nectarines) and in value (-39% for peaches and -47% for nectarines). Average export prices have decreased 22% for both products.

On the domestic market, Italian stone fruit sales have been hampered by to much supply (end of June/begin of July), a sign of a lack of fruit varieties diversification in the fields. On the other hand, Spain is investing in order to introduce new varieties in its offer, for example new peaches and nectarines with a flattened shape, which are showing a great potential.

Publication date: 10/16/2009
Author: Rossella Gigli
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


 


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