Dutch fruit and veg exports to UK dip in first half of 2013, but onions increase

Dutch fruit and vegetable exports to the UK dipped by 5 per cent in the first half of 2013, to 129,000 tonnes, or 14 per cent of total exports, latest figures reveal.

Marc Veltenaar of Dutch salad grower association Quality Queen Sales said cucumber sales to the UK were in decline.

"Right now, they (Britain) prefer their own product," he said.

"They only buy abroad if they experience shortages, which is rarely."

Russia remains a volatile market, with Dutch exports slumping 35 per cent in the same period.

But onions, which are recorded separately, bucked the trend with a 19 per cent rise in exports to the UK to 60,000 tonnes. This accounts for nearly 13 per cent of exports, which grew 20 per cent overall in the period.


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