Europe bought 34% of the 2,461,000 tons of avocados traded on the international market in 2021. It was thus the second largest importer of this fruit, after the United States. Over the past year, consumption growth in Europe is estimated at around 55,000 tonnes (+7%), although not all countries show the same growth rates.

Between June 2021 and May 2022, France was the largest European importer of avocados with a volume of 157, 657 tons, 8% more than the previous year, according to data from the French Research Center Cirad, published in the journal Fruitrop.

Spain is in second place with a volume of 123,211 tons, but this figure, according to the Cirad, does not reflect the full reality, because a significant part of the avocados that Spain imports, it continues to export to other European countries.

In third place is Germany, which saw its consumption increase by 3% compared to the previous year, followed by the United Kingdom, which also experienced slight growth.

Although France, Germany and the United Kingdom are the largest importers of avocados, the average consumption per person is highest in Scandinavia.

With an average of 3 kg per year, the Danes consume the most avocados, while the average Norwegian eats 2.8 kg of avocados per year and the average Swede 1.9 kg.

For comparison, per capita consumption is 2.3 kg in France, 1.5 kg in the UK and 1.3 kg in Germany. Switzerland also scores high, with an average consumption of 2.1 kg.

It is noteworthy that consumption in Italy has increased by as much as 37% compared to the previous year.

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