Ten years ago the Egyptian strawberry season would run until mid March, but it has ended a little earlier every year. "Spain too, brings out earlier varieties each year. Morocco is also starting their season now." He indicates that a lot of European importers choose Spain when it comes on the market. "They have been receiving Spanish vegetables all year and when that seller also has strawberries they immediately take them into their assortment. The country that continues with Egypt the longest is England." Alain says that despite the season becoming shorter, the volume of Egyptian strawberries is increasing each year. "The period is becoming shorter, but more concentrated. It used to be the 20th of November until mid March. In recent years you can't get any after the 15th of February." He says that Israel is doing less volumes. "Around five years ago there was still 1.5 million kilos arriving. This year only 22,000 kilos went to the EU. Israel is focusing less on the strawberry cultivation and more on the vegetable cultivation."
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