European fruit and vegetable production is rising, according to Freshfel, the Brussels-based trade association.
Overall EU production rose 9% in 2004 compared with 2003, with sharp rises in soft citrus (13%), apricots (26%), peaches and nectarines (33%), strawberries (10%) and grapes (12%). Vegetable production rose 5%, with onions, carrots and beans up 5-7%.
Fruit imports in 2004 rose 3%, but over six years were up 12%. Bananas, citrus, apples and tropical fruit showed the greatest rises. Vegetable imports grew 7% over 2003, but were up 28% over six years.