The province of Almeria has broken its all-time record in the export of peppers, both in terms of volume and value, but with a price that has dropped by 6.17 percent compared to the previous year, from an average of 1.346 Euro per kilo in 2017 to 1.263 Euro per kilo last year.
In 2009, 185 companies were exporting peppers from Almería; an amount that has risen to 221 in 2018, which represents an increase of 19.45%. The total number of Spanish pepper exporting companies in 2018 was 655; 15.52% more than in 2009, when the total number stood at 567.
Almeria dominates the Spanish export of peppers, with 70 percent of the total. In 2018, of the 775.1 million kilos of peppers exported by Spain, 542.73 million kilos were shipped from Almería, 93.88 kilos from Murcia and 43.78 from Valencia.
The main customer for Almeria's peppers is Germany, which in 2018 bought 193.18 million kilos to 122 companies in Almeria, followed by the Netherlands, with 69.54 million kilos sold by 109 companies and, thirdly, France, which bought a total of 61.86 million kilos of peppers from 115 companies in Almeria.
The second most important province in terms of volume of peppers exported was Murcia, with 93.88 million kilos sold by 116 companies, 128.62 million Euro and a price of 1.37 € / kg.
The main customers for Murcia's peppers are Germany, with 32.8 million kilos sold by 43 companies; France, with 18.74 million kilos and 54 companies, and Italy, where 43 Murcian companies exported 10.7 million kilos of peppers.
Valencia was the third biggest exporter, with 43.78 million kilos worth 75.1 million Euro and an average price of 1.716 Euro per kilo.
The countries that bought the most peppers from Valencia were Germany, with 21.11 million kilos; France, with 4.74 million and Switzerland, with 4.4 million kilos.