Spain remains Europe's largest orange producer

The on-line sale of oranges is an increasingly palpable (and profitable) reality. This year's prospect was to reach 1.9 million tonnes of citrus, as predicted by Andalusia's Council of Agriculture at the beginning of the campaign.

While there is still no actual data on production, the weather during the flowering led to production being estimated to drop compared to that of 2014, but this decline is not considerable enough for Spain to lose its position as Europe's largest producer of oranges.
In addition to this, Internet sales appear to be becoming more common, as it has allowed for the elimination of middlemen and therefore the products reach the end consumer at a lower cost. This alternative has allowed small and medium producers to survive and the proliferation of many websites offering their products through on-line stores is a testament to this.
For such producers, as in the case of Mundinaranjas, the Internet has brought a new business opportunity and customers enjoy many advantages, such as better prices, quality fresh produce and the convenience of shopping at any time from home.
On the other hand, exports remain the most common way for Spanish growers with large plantations to make a profit. In this regard, France, Germany and the UK are the main importers of Spanish oranges. Specifically, France accounts for 30% of all such shipments, which gives a good account of the interest in a product which is greatly appreciated in the international markets.

Given the forecast of a reduction in harvest volumes, the UK market was concerned about a possible shortage affecting juice manufacturers and supermarkets, although there has been no news in this regard.


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