Dutch fresh produce output rose in 2012 as exports to UK increased by one per cent

The value of Dutch fruit production rose 10 per cent in 2012, while vegetables and salads were up 9 per cent, despite a year of tough growing conditions.

Dutch horticulture - image: HW
Dutch horticulture - image: HW
Glasshouse salad production was up 14 per cent on 2011, but onion production slumped by 31 per cent.

Fresh produce exports to the UK grew 1 per cent in 2012, with a 2 per cent rise in vegetables and salads offset by a 1 per cent fall in fruit.

Poland also prospered last year with total fruit production up 8 per cent, thanks largely to a bumper apple harvest.

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