Frutas y HortalizasSep. 1, 2011
Procesamiento industrial de frutas y verduras 2010 bajó 5% respecto del año anterior
In 2010 the processing industry in Holland processed 579 million kilos of fresh fruit and vegetables.
That’s a fall of 5 percent compared to 2009. The manufacturers processed more mushrooms in 2010, but that increase wasn’t enough to make up for the big decrease in 2009, it didn’t reach the level of 2007 and 2008. The processing of other vegetables shrunk from 328 to 282 million kilos. The processing of legumes rose a little, from 19.2 to 19.3 million kilos. There was a decrease of 2 percent in fruit processing.
Processing vegetables to can or jar conserves (including mushrooms) decreased by 14 percent. Freezing vegetables rose by 7 percent. The downward trend in pickling, that started in 2006, stopped in 2010. The apples that were processed mainly became apple sauce.
Mushroom processing increased
The amount of processed mushrooms declined greatly in 2009, from 171 to 131 million kilos. In 2010 there was a partial recovery and the processing increased to 151 millions kilos. The amount of processed green beans (-19%), carrot (-9%), spinach (-22%) and peas (-31%) decreased in 2010. More (white cabbage (+11%), onion (+3%) and pickle (+3%) was processed. The industry processed less pickled onions (-8%) for the second year in a row.
Legume processing stable
After a significant increase in the amount of dry harvested legumes in 2009 the processing stabilised in 2010. Compared to 2009 more beans (+15%), lentils (50%) and peas (4%) processes. There were fewer white beans (-5%), kidney (-46%) and chickpeas canned than in 2009.
Less vegetables conserved
Green bean conserving, which increased by 7% in 2009, decreased by a fifth (-20%) in 2010. The conserving of peas (-28%), fine carrots (-21%) red cabbage (-39%) beetroot (-34%) and coarse carrots (-9%) decreased. The industry conserved more spinach (+23%).
More vegetables frozen
The processed amount of one of the two main frozen products, spinach, decreased by 24% in 2010. The industry froze significantly less mushroom, the other big frozen product, than in 2009. Less peas, French beans, fine carrots, Brussels sprouts, leeks and cabbage were frozen, but more coarse carrot and red cabbage.
Downward trend in pickling stabilised
In 2010 32.6 million kilos of vegetables were pickled, as much as in 2009. Compared to 2005, when 57.1 kilos were pickled, there is a 43% decrease. The manufacturers processed 1.5 million more kilos of pickles than in 2009, but 1.4 million less silver and pearl onions.
Less fruit processed
The processing of apples decreased in 2010 by 7%, from 109 to 101 ,illion kilos. There were more strawberries, pears, sour cherries and raspberries processed. In 2010 34% of the processed fruit was from Holland, significantly less than in 2009, when 43% came from Holland. In 2010 36 million kilos of Dutch apples were processed, 14 million less than in 2009. The number of processed imported apples was over 65 million kilos, compared to 58 million kilos in 2009.