Value of Greek fruit and veg exports up by 24.5%

Greek fresh fruit and vegetable exports in the first quarter of 2016 increased by 43.2% in volume compared with the same months of 2015 and amounted to 580,938 tonnes, while the value increased by 24.5%, reaching 328.39 million Euro, according to the latest data of ELSTAT, reported by Incofruit Hellas.

In this quarter, exports of vegetables increased by 37.6% in volume compared with the same months of 2015 and amounted to 103,666 tonnes, while the value grew by 21.2%, reaching 54.061 million Euro.

Fruit exports soared in volume by 44.5%, while their value increased by 27.7%, amounting to 477,273 tonnes and 248.647 million Euro, respectively.

As regards fruit, mandarins were the most important product, with an 88.5% growth, followed by oranges, with 49.5%, strawberries, with 33.9%, and apples with 27% more than in the same quarter of 2015.

When it comes to vegetables, tomatoes recorded the most noteworthy growth, with a 10% increase in value and 51% in volume.

Mr Giorgos Polichronakis, head of the Association of Greek Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporting Companies, said that, by the end of 2016, fruit and vegetable exports are expected to increase compared to the corresponding period of 2015 and will exceed 1.5-1.6 million tonnes."


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