Spanish fish and seafood preserves and semi-preserves are proving to be popular products outside Spain. In the first three months of 2019, exports increased by 6% in terms of volume and 6.31% in value compared with 2018. In total, Spain sold 50,450 tons of product around the world, worth 239 million euros.
This segment’s exports set a new record in the first quarter in terms of both value and volume compared with the last decade. It’s also worth noting that their performance over the last five years suggests that this positive growth trajectory will continue.
The main source of these canned goods is Galicia, which is where the bulk of these products—tuna, squid, mussels, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, etc.—come from. Tuna is by far the most popular and exports in the first quarter of 2019 increased by 6% in volume and value year-on-year. Cuttlefish and squid came in second and third, respectively.
The European Union is the main destination for these exports, accounting for 89% of the total. Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK are the primary importers, and exports to this market expanded by 47% in volume and 61% in value in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the first quarter of 2017. America is the secon