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Reports show Polish producers have caught up with their international rivals

In many market segments, Polish companies have already caught up with and outperformed their international rivals, according to a report.

Poland leads the charge in fruit production in the EU. One in every four apples grown in the European Union comes from Poland. Last year Polish apples accounted for 28.7 percent of all apples produced in the EU.

Poland enjoys a strong position in cherry production, being responsible for almost a third of the European market, ahead of Spain in second place and Italy in third place.

In the production of strawberries, Poland is the runner-up with an over 17-percent share in total production in the EU. Spain is first with 31.6 percent of total EU production, while Germany is third behind Poland.

In terms of vegetables, Poland is the undisputed number one in the production of carrots, and is also among the largest producers of cucumbers. Last year more than 20 percent of cucumbers on European tables came from Poland.

In all, Poland is the sixth-largest producer of fruit and vegetables in the EU.

Poland is the largest producer of champignon mushrooms in Europe and the largest exporter of these mushrooms in the world.

In 2016, about 320,000 tonnes of champignons were produced in Poland, about 2 percent more than in 2015, data shows.

Processed foods
Poland is a leading producer of food in the European Union, and the role of the Polish fruit and vegetable processing sector is growing dynamically.

Poland is the EU’s largest exporter of concentrated apple juice and frozen fruits and the bloc’s second-largest exporter of processed mushrooms.

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