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Latin America, one of Spain's largest fruit suppliers

Costa Rica, Argentina and Brazil are Spain's main fruit suppliers, with 40.5% of the total imported in 2012.

The Spanish Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Associations (Fepex) collected data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the General Customs Directorate regarding Spanish fruit imports.

These three countries, along with Ecuador, cover 50.5% of all imports, which amounted to 710,698 tonnes.

131,452 tonnes were purchased from Costa Rica, of which 89,459 tonnes were pineapples and 40,550 tonnes were bananas.

Imports from Argentina reached 78,414 tonnes, of which 43,799 tonnes were lemons.

Spain imported 78,217 tonnes from Brazil, with melons as the main fruit imported (41,855 tonnes).

Lastly, imports from Ecuador totalled 71,151 tonnes, of which 42,339 tonnes were bananas.

According to Fepex, Spain has become another destination for the fruit from other countries, which is why Argentinian and Brazilian companies, among other Latin American countries, are taking part as exhibitors at the International Fruit and Vegetables Fair "Fruit Attraction", which is taking place in Madrid between 16 and 18 October.

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