Fruit and vegetables in the UK- statistics & facts
While the British Isles do not have many native fruits and vegetables, early crop cultivation and trade in the centuries after gives reasons as to why there is such a strong presence of fruits and vegetables in British culinary culture. Today, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, cabbage, carrots, and peas are used in a variety of British dishes. Fruits and berries in the UK are often used in desserts and jams. As fruits and vegetables are a staple in a healthy diet, the production and trade of this produce is expected to continue growing. Fruit production in the United Kingdom has nearly doubled in value since 2010. In 2020, the production of fruit was valued at over one billion British pounds. This increase is in stark comparison to the production value of vegetables, which has only minimally increased over the last 10 years to 1.6 billion British pounds.
While Brexit was reported to have impacts on fruit and vegetable trade, the long-term consequences are yet to be observed. Both the import and export values of fruit and vegetables in the United Kingdom have steadily increased in recent years. In 2020, fruit and vegetable imports were valued at approximately 11.4 billion British pounds. Fruit and vegetable exports, on the other hand, are valued at just 1.2 billion British pounds in the same year.
Consumer trends in the UK
In 2020, consumer spending on both fruits and vegetables has increased. More than one quarter of UK consumers are eating one to six portions of fruits and berries and salads or vegetables a week. About a fifth of consumers eat three portions of fresh fruits or vegetables every day. However, the accessibility of vegetables and, more importantly, fruit products will provide important discussion for the years to come.
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