Andalusian agro-food exports continue to rise. In the first half of 2021 they recorded a growth of 6.4% compared to the same period last year, amounting to 6,953 million Euro.
The Andalusian fruit and vegetable sector has managed to exceed the 4,000 million, standing at 4,082 million Euro, thanks to a 2.2% increase. In this segment, the growth of berries is particularly remarkable, with a 13.3% increase, bringing its total to 1,186 million Euro.
Almeria leads the ranking
All Andalusian provinces have increased their agro-food exports during the first six months of this year; however, the province of Almeria is the one that leads the ranking, with exports reaching 2,050 million Euro (+3.3%). Next come the province of Seville, with 1,400 million Euro (+6.3%), and Huelva, with almost 1,181 million Euro (+7.8%).
Main products and destinations
Germany was the main destination of Andalusian exports in the first half of this year, with 1,333 million Euro, registering a growth of 3.2% over the same period of 2020. France is in second place in the ranking, with 913 million Euro (+5.7%), and the United Kingdom comes third with 687 million Euro, with a -4.3% drop linked to the impact of Brexit. Italy is in fourth place, with 656 million and a notable increase of 25.5%.
The leading buyer of Andalusian agro-food products outside the European Union is still the US, which ranks seventh with purchases worth 399 million Euro (+10.1%). China achieved a significant 18.9% increase, with purchases totaling 160 million Euro, and stands ninth in this ranking.
The product with the highest sales in the first six months of 2021 was extra virgin olive oil, followed by strawberries, with a significant 16.5% rise (524 million Euro), and peppers, which recorded an increase of 1.4% (516 million Euro). Tomatoes, cucumbers, non-virgin olive oil, raspberries and olives come next in the ranking.