"For the fifth consecutive month, the supply of imported bananas in the Spanish market has been greater than that of bananas from the Canary Islands," says the blog hojasbananeras. The total supply in September stood at around 48,000 tons, and the market share of imported fruit oscillated between 48% and 61%.
In September 2018, 25,155 tons were shipped from the Canary Islands, while imports, mainly from Africa and Latin America, amounted to 29,257 tons. Since re-exports stood at 6,413 tons, Spanish consumers had access to some 48,000 tons of bananas.
The main suppliers of imported bananas in September were Costa Rica, with 7,878 tons; Ivory Coast, with 5,064 tons; France, with 4,813 tons and Colombia, with 3,428 tons. Together, these countries account for 72% of the total volume.
So far in 2018, shipments from the Canary Islands have reached almost 268,971 tons, while those of imported bananas stand at 266,527 tons and re-exports have reached 77,727 tons. The total available supply has thus reached 457,771 tons, 23,968 more than in the same period of 2017. The accumulated market share of imported bananas has ranged from a minimum of 41% to a maximum of 58%.
The main suppliers of imported bananas so far this year have been Costa Rica, with 87,967 tons; Ivory Coast, with 47,864 tons; Colombia, with 34,136 tons and France, with 30,254 tons. Together, these four countries account for 75% of the total volume.