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Greek Peach ma ga z i n e

GREEK PRODUCTION AND PROSPECTS Soil and climatic conditions favored the development of peach production in Greece, making the country a global power player. 1 Blooming peach trees in Veroia, Northern Greece.

2 Greek fresh peaches are considered among the best.

3 Processed peach exports were 213,000 tons in 2017.

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n Greece, a total of 150,000-165,000 decares of peaches are grown, with production levels reaching approximately 220,000 to 240,000 tons. About 185,000-195,000 decares are reserved for clingstone peaches (canned peaches) producing 300,000-350,000 tons. Specifically, Greece is the 3rd largest European and the world’s fifth largest producer of peaches after Italy, China, Spain and the United States. About 100,000 families in the country are engaged in peach production. Peaches are one of the most cultivated fruits in Greece. In fact, Greek peaches are exported to different markets –especially the Balkans and central Europe– with different pe-

GREEK PEACH IN NUMBERS

OF FRESH PEACH PRODUCED

key figures (2017)

115,951 tons

OF FRESH PEACH EXPORTED

1

PHOTO: VEROIA TOURISM CLUB

781,652 tons

culiarities. On the international scene, Spain is the main competitor for Greek producers and marketers, as the Spanish production volume is considerable, making it easier for them to reach more markets. This year, however, mild temperatures, abundant rains and hail storms have caused significant delays and there have been production shortages in Spain, which has resulted in considerably higher prices compared to the previous year. According to Spanish producers, while high prices are generally a good thing, they also make it more difficult to compete in Eastern European markets, where Greece is becoming an increasingly strong competitor.

291,000tons

42,000 tons

OF PEACHES PROCESSED FOR CANNING

2

OF PEACHES PROCESSED FOR OTHER PURPOSES

3

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