Germany: Greek cucumbers gaining ground amid pandemic

Greek cucumber exports

Greek exports to Bavaria recorded a spectacular increase in the first half of 2020, a boost primarily due to fresh fruit and cheese products, according to provisional data from the Statistical Authority of the State of Bavaria cited by the Munich Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs.
According to the available data, exported products from Greece to the German state of Bavaria increased by 11.6% compared to the same period in 2019, thus reaching from €234.2 million to €261.6 million. Among the products benefiting from this export boom in Bavaria are fruit and nuts and olive oil.

Greek cucumbers pressing forward

In the German cucumber market, due to the limited availability of German, Dutch and Belgian cucumbers in the first 9 months of 2020, much of the demand was met by Spanish cucumber imports, which were sold at relatively lower prices.
Greek cucumbers have also profited, since during the seven months from January to July 2020, and especially during the restrictive measures and lockdown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cucumber exports from Greece (mainly from the island of Crete) increased from €1.67 million to €3.1 million in value, and in volume from 1,796 to 3,094 tons, compared to the same period last year.

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