The value of UK domestically produced vegetables increased by 10% to just under £1.7 billion in 2020, and the volume of domestic production increased by 3% to 2.6 million tons. There was an increase in the value of field vegetables, which rose by 12% to £1.3 billion (£140 million increase) whilst the value of controlled environment vegetables increased by 4.1% to £350 million (£14 million increase).
Domestically produced fruit has grown in value to £1.0 billion, an increase of 16% compared to 2019, with production volumes falling 4.5% to 657,000 tonnes).
The value of fruit in 2020 was just over £1 billion for the first time, up 16%. The value of fruit grown in the open accounted for the bulk of this at £993 million, an increase of 17%, whereas glasshouse fruit decreased by 3.8% to £51 million.
Bramley orchards had a good year with favourable growing conditions and the later summer rains helped with crop size and better than expected yields. The 2020 harvest was early, but demand was strong due to poor yield in 2019 and resulting low stocks. Prices saw a 50% increase year-on-year with an average marketed price of £1.44 per kg. Production increased by 15% to 92,000 tonnes, value increased by 93% to £81m and yields were 37.4 tonnes per hectare, a 52% increase.
The value of orchard fruit increased by 23% to £340m and soft fruit increasing by 14% to £653m. The value of dessert apples increased by £16m to £158m in 2020, an 11% increase on 2019. Meanwhile the value of pears showed a 13% decrease to £20m.
Total supply of fruit fell by 3.7% to 4 million tonnes in 2020, home production falling by 4.5% and imports by 3% together with a 9.3% increase in exports.
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