Moroccan tomato sales to the European Union have been increasing year after year while the Spanish tomato has been losing ground in the community market. According to the data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Euroestacom statistical service, in the last five years, Morocco has increased its tomato sales in the European Union by 26.38%. In that same period, Spanish tomato sales in the EU have fallen by 21.68%.
In 2020, Spain sold 525.13 million kilos of tomatoes in the European Union, i.e. 15.05% less than the 618.21 million kilos it sold in 2019.
Meanwhile, Moroccan tomato exports to the EU in 2020 grew by 5.8% over the previous year. In 2020, Morocco sold 434.87 million kilos of tomatoes to the EU Member States; in 2019 they sold 413.85 million kilos.
The EU's largest tomato suppliers
In 2020, tomato purchases by the Member States, in general, decreased by 7.65% over the previous year. In 2019 the total volume amounted to 2,743.77 million kilos, a volume that dropped to 2,533.85 million kilos in 2020.
The Netherlands was the EU's biggest supplier in 2020 with 744.19 million kilos worth 1,146.2 million euro and an average price of € 1.54/kg.
It was followed by Spain with 525.13 million kilos worth 800.06 million euro, and an average price of € 1,524/kg.
Morocco was the EU's third-biggest tomato supplier of tomato with 745.44 million kilos worth 856.25 million euro, and an average price of € 1,149/kg.
It should be noted that Spain and the Netherlands, together, supplied the EU with 50.09% of all the tomatoes that the Member States purchased.