According to figures released last week by Spain's Ministry for Industry and Commerce, with the help of Andalucía's agency for external promotion, in the first 10 months of 2016, agricultural exports from Malaga-based companies to China grew by 113 per cent on the same period of time in 2015. In 2015, 38.3 million euros of fruit and vegetables were sold to the largest country in Asia, while by the end of October 2016 the figure had grown to almost 82 million euros. The numbers equate to 24, 280 tonnes between January and October 2015 and 49,465 tonnes in the same period in 2016.
The figures mean that China was Malaga's second largest export market in 2016 after France, to which 61,642 tonnes of produce was sent. Portugal is the province's third highest importer with 45,154 tonnes; fourth place goes to Italy with 34,355 tonnes while the USA is the fifth largest importer, buying 34,113 tonnes of produce in 2016.
Fresh and frozen fruit as well as olive oil top the list of products bought, along with meat.
The bodies that published the statistics said in a statement, "this data shows good news for the future of food and agriculture exports for Andalucía, which continues to conquer new markets while not forgetting its established European ones."