In Morocco, the tomato sector is one of the most dynamic branches of horticulture. With increasing demand on the country’s main trade outlets, the export segment has experienced strong growth in recent years.
The Moroccan tomato production continues to shine in the United Kingdom. According to data relayed by the specialized Spanish site hortoinfo.es, exports of the fruit to the United Kingdom generated 104 million euros in 2020.
While this amount only makes Morocco the third largest exporter to the country, it should be noted, however, that the sector continues to narrow the gap with Spain, its main rival and second exporter behind the Netherlands.
Indeed, between 2016 and 2020, Moroccan shipments recorded an increase from 49,840 tonnes to 83,150 tonnes. Comparatively over the same period, Iberian exports followed the opposite trend, dropping from 144,720 tonnes to 90,440 tonnes.
In addition, the volume exported by Morocco in 2020 was up 22.6% year on year while Spain experienced a decline of 24.76%.
Overall according to observers, if the progress of Moroccan tomato shipments continues with the same vigor, the North African country could supplant Spain and take second place this year.
Currently, Morocco supplies 22% of the total tomatoes consumed in the UK. In the country, the tomato sector represents more than 45% of total vegetable exports.