According to data published by the Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion (Extenda), Andalusia, the only European region where subtropical fruits are produced, shipped 203 million Euro worth of these products between January and May 2019 and has quadrupled its sales in the last decade, with an increase of 342% since 2009.
Nationally, Andalusia is the leading region when it comes to the export of subtropical fruits, accounting for almost two thirds of the total produced in Spain (61%), ahead of the Region of Valencia (14%) and Catalonia (9.9%). In 2018, Andalusia's subtropical fruit exports generated 371 million Euro, allowing it to remain as the number one region in terms of turnover over the last ten years.
The sector's main products in Andalusia are avocados, mangoes and cherimoyas, although papayas and litchis are also strong, produced in regions such as Campo de Gibraltar, in Cádiz, the Axarquía, in Málaga, and the Costa Tropical of Granada.
COAG Andalusia has insisted on the need for Andalusian subtropical products to have a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) in order to stand out from products from third countries. The head for subtropical crops at COAG, Juan Pablo Camacho, said that, in addition to the quality of Andalusian products, the region harvests the fruit at the optimum moment. “It doesn't need to be harvested green or to be shipped in refrigerated chambers, such as those coming from the other side of the Atlantic, which also happen to be grown with phytosanitary products that are prohibited here."