Strawberry group in talksThis article was originally published in Foodnews
SPANISH strawberry association Freshuelva and exporters group Fepex have met with French and Italian producers in Perpignan to discuss production volumes and fruit quality. Cultivated area for strawberries in Spain is expected to be similar to that of last year at around 6 400 hectares. Quality is said to be excellent, with production estimates of 245 000 tonnes. Jennifer Willis-Jones writes: French producers, represented by the Association of Strawberry Producer Organisations (AOPN), also expect cultivated area to remain unchanged and production is likely to total 30 000 tonnes. Italian producers submitted a written account of how their season was progressing, highlighting a slight reduction in cultivated area compared with 2010 when 3 500ha was harvested. All three countries meet annually to discuss strawberry production, while similar organisations exist for tomato, garlic and stone fruit. Spanish strawberry exports up to November last year totalled 227 765 tonnes for EUR395 million. In the same period in 2009, 227 703 tonnes were shipped for EUR382 million.