For the first time, sales of Moroccan watermelons exceeded those of Spain in the European Union market. This is what the statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurosat) reveals.
In the first half of 2021, Morocco sold a total of 202.94 million kilograms of watermelon to EU member states (195.75 million in the same period last year), while Spanish sales did not not exceeded 156.3 million kilos, or 116.94 million kilos less than in the first half of 2020, indicate data from the statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurosat).
With sales exceeding Spanish sales by 29.84%, Morocco is the main supplier of watermelons to the European Union (EU) between January and June 2021. However, ten years ago sales of Spanish watermelons exceeded the Moroccan ones. by 165.95%, says Hortoinfo. Moroccan watermelon exports to the EU were worth 132.4 million euros. The average price was set at 0.65 euro / kg. Spanish sales amounted to 105.58 million euros, with an average price of 0.67 euros / kg.
With 52.69 million kilos sold for 53.64 million euros with an average price of 1.02 euros / kg in the first half of the year, the Netherlands is the third largest supplier of watermelons to the EU market. . Costa Rica (37.5 million kilos of watermelon sold for 30.22 million euros and an average price of 0.81 euros / kg) and Germany (32.6 million kilos of watermelon sold for 25, 18 million euros and an average price of 0.77 euros / kg) round out the top 5.