Fruit and vegetable exports during the previous week continued at the same pace, according to the latest report from the Greek Association of Export and Distribution of Fruits, Vegetables and Juices, Incofruit Hellas. In fact, demand for citrus and kiwi fruit was normal, mainly regarding the neighboring to Greece, Balkan countries.
Namely, for the period from 01 January to 07 May 2021: Apple exports are up with an estimate export growth rate at +8.4% (73,109 tons v. 67,422 tons over the same period in the previous year). Strawberry exports also continue to increase and amounted to 44,577 tons compared to 34,244 tons respectively last year, while tomatoes recorded exports of 22,761 tons compared to 18,132 tons from last year.
Kiwi fruit exports are slightly down, with 164,389 tons compared to 168,306 tons last year, with the quantities to third, non-EU, countries representing 27.7% (45,577 tons) compared to 30.1% during the same period for the year 2019/20, amounting to 50,690 tons.
Cucumber and tangerine exports at record high
Exports of cucumbers and mandarins, according to data from the Incofruit Hellas Association set an all-time record. From the beginning of this year until May 7, cucumber exports amounted to 45,962 tons, while for the same period last year, a total of 35,795 tons were exported. In terms of mandarin exports, since the beginning of 2021, the amount was approximately 134,964 tons compared to 116,436 tons in the same period last year.
However, as pointed out by Mr George Polychronakis, Special Adviser to Incofruit Hellas, there are still phenomena of bulk orange exports, even directly from the field, without being processed and standardized in approved facilities.