Morocco is gaining more and more ground on Spain in the European tomato market. In the period between January and November of the last five years, Spanish tomato sales to the EU have fallen by 22.99% in volume, while Moroccan sales have increased by 28.84%, according to the data prepared by Hortoinfo from the statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat).
Spain went from selling 597.31 million kilos of tomatoes to the EU in the January-November 2016 period to selling 460 million kilos of tomatoes in the same period of 2020.
Meanwhile, Moroccan tomato exports to the EU went from 290.1 million kilos in the same period of 2016 to 373.78 million kilos in 2020.
The Netherlands was the largest tomato supplier to the EU between January and November 2020 with a volume of 697.56 million kilos, i.e. 7.99% less than the 758.16 million kilos it sold to the EU in the same period of 2016.
In the aforementioned period of 2020, Spain sold its tomatoes in the EU at a slightly higher price than the Dutch. The average price of the Spanish tomatoes in the EU was € 1.53 / kg, while those from the Netherlands were sold at € 1.51 / kg.