Morocco sold more watermelons in the European market in the first six months of the year than Spain, surpassing it for the first time.
According to the statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat), in the first half of 2021, Morocco sold a total of 202.94 million kilos of watermelons to EU member states (195.75 million in the same period of the year last), while Spanish sales did not exceed 156.3 million kilos, 116.94 million kilos less than in the first half of 2020.
Morocco positioned itself as the main supplier of watermelons to the European Union (EU) between January and June, with sales exceeding Spanish sales by 29.84%. Ten years ago, sales of Spanish watermelons to the EU exceeded Moroccan sales by 165.95%.
In value, watermelon exported to the EU from Morocco was 132.4 million euros and had an average price of 0.65 €/kg. The Spanish sales value was 105.58 million euros and had an average price of 0.67 €/kg.
The Netherlands was the third largest supplier of watermelons to the EU market between January 1 and June 30 with a volume of 52.69 million kilos sold for 53.64 million euros, at an average price of 1.02 €/kg.
The fourth place was occupied by Costa Rica, which sold 37.5 million kilos of watermelon in the community for 30.22 million euros and an average price of 0.81 €/kg in the first half of 2021.
Germany ranks fifth, having sold 32.6 million kilos of watermelons for 25.18 million euros, at an average price of 0.77 €/kg, in the EU.