Czech Republic: Exotic and tropical fruit imports on the rise

Imports of foreign fruits, such as pineapples, figs or dates, are on the rise in the Czech Republic. Last year, according to data from the Czech Statistical Office (CSO), they increased by 13 percent, reaching 373.5 million crowns (13.82 million Euro). During the first ten months of this year, the Czech Republic has already imported goods worth 264.3 million crowns (9.78 million Euro). The sale of avocados, for example, is on the rise, with imports worth 126.9 million crowns (4.70 million Euro) last year alone. According to dealers, the supply of exotic fruits is increasing every year, while mandarins, for instance, remain at approximately the same level.

Pineapples are mostly shipped from Costa Rica; this year, the Czech Republic imported pineapples worth almost 80 million crowns (2.96 million Euro). Avocados are imported from Israel; guavas, mangoes and mangosteens arrive to the Czech Republic mostly from Brazil, dates are purchased from Tunisia and figs from Turkey. The price of imported mandarins is still higher, standing at about a billion crowns per year (37 million Euro), but it has rather stagnated. Mandarins and oranges are mostly imported from Spain.

At retail stores, such as Globus, the number of imported species is also on the rise. This year, for example, gooseberries and passion fruit were introduced. "This year we have 38 species on the shelves, which is almost 50% more than four years ago. Just this November we sold 230,000 units of exotic fruits and in December, coinciding with Christmas, it will be even more," stated the Head of fruits and vegetables at Globus, Darek Reli.


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