Spanish fresh fruit consumption totaled 4,611 million kilos in 2020, i.e. 10% more than in 2019, and spending on these products increased by 21.8%, totaling 7,881 million euro. Consumption stood at 99.7 kilos per person a year, i.e. 9.7% more than in 2019, and per capita spending grew by 21.5%.
According to the Food Consumption Report in Spain 2020, COVID has driven this growth, which was recorded throughout all of 2020, except for January, when there was a 1.1% decline.
Citrus fruits were the most bought fresh fruits in 2020. Currently, they account for more than a quarter of the market volume (26.9%) and are responsible for € 1 out of every € 4 in the category. They were followed by exotic fruits (bananas, kiwi, avocado, pineapple, and custard apple), which accounted for 20.8% of the volume and 24.9% of the turnover. Pome fruits (grapes, apples, and pears) ranked third with 18.6% of the volume and a 19.2% share of the value.
Meanwhile, consumption of fresh berries and fresh stone fruits slowed down.
Household consumption of fresh vegetables grew by 12.5% in volume and 16.4% in spending compared to 2019, totaling 2,955 million kilos and 5,741 million euro. In 2020, annual per capita consumption and expenditure stood at 63.9 kilos and 124.1 euro, i.e. 12.3 and 16% higher than in 2019, respectively.
The most consumed vegetables in households in 2020 were the ones classified by MAPA as the group of fruits and flowers, which include tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, zucchini, peppers, cabbages, and broccoli. This group’s growth was higher than average, as its turnover and volume increased by 19.7% and 13.6% over the previous year, respectively. This group was followed by roots, bulbs, and tubers (onions, carrots, and garlic), which accounted for 1 out of every 5 kg purchased in the category. Leaves, stems, and pods accounted for 19.1% of household expenditure and ranked as the second group with the largest market value share.