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British food market more dependent on imports

Staff Writer |
Last year, the British market became more dependent on the import of fruit and vegetables than in previous years, according to a report by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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Since 2010, more fruit and vegetables were imported every year. Last year, imports increased by 11 percent to a value of 2.3 billion pound. The imported volume rose by 5.1 percent.

The fruit import rose by 4.4 percent, slightly less than the vegetable import. The import value of the fruit amounted to 3.6 billion pound, an increase of 18 percent. The majority of the import comes from Spain.

That country is good for 33.1 percent of import vegetables and 21.3 percent of import fruit. Other major suppliers are the Netherlands, South Africa and Ireland.

However, exports (including re-export) also rose for both fruit and vegetables, 1.7 percent more volume was exported than in 2015. The value of the vegetable export amounts to 109 million pound, 13 percent more than in 2015.

For fruit, the figures show an increase of 17 percent, valued at 116 million pound. The volume increased by 9.3 percent to 143,000 tonnes.


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