French apple exports to the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) have increased by 16.43% between August 2019 and July 2020, (compared with 2018-2019). This represents approximately 11% of total French apple exports.
In total, 46,386 tons of French apples were exported to MENA , up from 39,839 tons the previous year, the top three markets being Saudi Arabia (12,975 tons), UAE (12,920 tons) and Egypt (6,210 tons), which together import over 66% of French apple exports to the region. Other major markets are Israel, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.
Interfel, the French fresh fruit and vegetable interprofessional organisation responsible for promoting the consumption of apples in the Middle East and the European Commission, is participating at Gulfood where they are showcasing a range fruit and vegetables.
The National Association of Apples and Pears divides French apples into five different categories, gourmet, fragrant, balanced, rustic and tonic. The most popular type of apple grown in France is Golden, which benefits from official marks of quality and origin.
Due to their tolerance to drought and hardy adaptation to all types of rootstock, Golden are renowned for their easy cultivation and represent 35% of all apples grown in France today. In the Middle East, the Gala apple’s sweetness makes it the most popular in the region.
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