In the first ten months of the year, the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables has dropped by a slight 0.4%, totaling 6,530 million kilos, while expenditure has increased by 4%, totaling 9,967 million Euro, according to the latest data of the Food Consumption Panel of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
The slight drop in the volume consumed has been due to the reduction in the consumption of fruit, down by 2%, to 3,530 million Euro, and potatoes, with 3.4% less and 784 million kilos. There has been a reduction in the consumption of some popular fruits like apples, with a 7% drop, or peaches, with a 12% reduction. On the opposite side, increases have been recorded by melons (+ 6.4%) or strawberries (+6%).
The consumption of vegetables up until October has grown by 3.3% compared to the same months of 2017, totaling 2,216 million kilos. Worth noting is the higher demand for tomatoes, with 3.4% more, totaling 529 million kilos; onions, with 1.4% and 272 million kilos, and peppers, with 7.7% more and 195 million kilos.
Household spending on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables has grown in all subgroups, by 4.45 percent in the case of fruits, with 5,434 million Euro; by 3.8% in the case of vegetables, with 3,935 million Euro, and by 0.4% in the case of potatoes, with 598 million Euro. For FEPEX, this positive development of the expenditure is a reflection of the greater added value of the fruit and vegetables marketed.
The per capita consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables up until October 2018 is 167.5 kilos per person per year. Of this figure, 90.45 kilos correspond to fruits, 56.68 kilos correspond to vegetables and 20.38 kilos to potatoes.