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The growth rate of fruit and vegetable consumption in households slows after the end of the lockdown period

Fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in households grew by 11% in June and 4.5% in July in relation to the same months of the previous year, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, reflecting a sharp deceleration in the growth rate compared to the main months of the lockdown, during which demand increased by 40% in April and 22% in May.

19 Oct 2020

n June 2020, fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in households rose to 760.8 million kilos, 11% more than in the same month of 2019, of which 428 million kilos were fruit (+8%), 247.2 million kilos were fresh vegetables (+13%) and 85.6 million kilos were potatoes (+18%). The increases, which occurred in almost all products, were driven by the lockdown under the State of Alarm, which ended on 21 June.
In July, after emerging from the lockdown, the growth rate fell to 4.5%, totalling 784.3 million kilos, of which 451.7 million kilos were fruit (+5%), 242.3 million kilos vegetables (+3%) and 90.1 million kilos potatoes (+8%).
Total figures from January to July showed that the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in households stood at 5,177 million kilos, 13.5% more than in the same period of 2019. In terms of spending, this stood at 8,783 million euros (+23%).
FEPEX says that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in households is continuing to grow in 2020, but that the slower growth rate, particularly in July, casts doubt on whether the strong momentum in demand caused by the lockdown will continue after it has concluded.