CBI MARKET SURVEY
THE FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES MARKET IN BELGIUM
Publication date: October 2006
Report summary This document presents, among other things, the following highlights for the fresh fruit and vegetables market in Belgium: • Belgium is an important destination in the EU for fresh fruit from developingcountries. There are large imports of bananas, kiwi fruit and pineapples, as well as off-season fruit such as citrus. • Most imported fruit is re-exported to other EU countries and outside the EU. • Imports have increased by 36% in value over the last 4 years. • Imports of vegetables are much smaller than fruit imports and the share of developing countries in imports is smaller as well. • The domesticmarket for fruit and vegetables is much smaller than the imports. The survey provides exporters of fresh fruit and vegetables with sector-specific market information related to gaining access to Belgium. By focusing on a specific country, this document provides additional information, complementary to the more general information and data provided in the CBI market survey The fresh fruit andvegetables market in the EU, which covers the EU in general. That survey also contains an overview and explanation of the selected products dealt with, some general remarks on the statistics used, as well as information on other available documents for this sector. It can be downloaded from http://www.cbi.nl/marketinfo. 1. Market description: consumption and production
Consumption In 2004, consumptionof fresh fruit was 83.6 kg per head with a value of €151. Both volume and value increased compared to 2003. Since 2000, however, volume declined and value increased (Table 1.1)1. Consumption of vegetables was 64.1 kg per head with a value of €112. Compared to 2003, volume increased and value decreased. Since 2000, value increased stronger than volume. In 2004, total consumption was 869 thousandtonnes of fruit and 666 thousand tonnes of vegetables. Consumption values were €1.6 billion for fruit and €1.2 billion for vegetables. Table 1.1 Per caput consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in Belgium, 20002004, volume in kg per caput, value in euro (€) per caput
2000 Volume Fruit Vegetables Value Fruit Vegetables 86.2 63.0 2001 80.5 61.2 2002 82.8 62.2 2003 81.9 61.8 2004 83.6 64.1126.9 98.2
Source: VLAM 2006.
These figures may differ from figures in the CBI market survey Fresh fruit and vegetables in the EU. In the CBI market surveys covering individual countries, national sources are preferred for providing the most detailed information, while the general survey uses statistics that are easily comparablebetween countries.
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CBI MARKET SURVEY: THE FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES MARKET IN BELGIUM
Product groups Fruit Between 2000 and 2004, Belgian fresh fruit consumption decreased by 3% in volume while value increased by 19%. Apples are the most popular fruit with 18.8 kgconsumed per head in 2004, which is 23% of total (Figure 1.1). Oranges are second with 17.1 kg (20%), followed by bananas with 10.6 kg (13%). Although apples and oranges are the largest products, their share in total fruit consumption has been declining. The price of apples and oranges in 2004 was €1.37 per kg, which was the same as in 2003. The increase in fruit consumption value therefore camefrom the other fruit products, in particular the group of other fruit (Figure 1.1). Figure 1.1 Volume share of fresh fruit consumption in Belgium in 2004
Other fruit 17% Apples 23%
Strawberries 3% Grapefruit 3% Kiwifruit 4% Grapes 4% Pears 6% Manderins 7%
Source: VLAM 2006
Vegetables Consumption of vegetables increased by 4% in volume in 2004 but due to lower...