In 2016, Spain imported $1.8 billion of agricultural, fish and forest products from the United States. Spain is expected to continue to grow at a moderate pace, continuing the post-crisis expansion and it continues to break tourist records with the number of tourists visiting the country. This offers opportunities for certain consumer-oriented food items, as well as long-term prospects for other products. The market is especially interesting for U.S. companies who want to export high-value consumer-ready food products to Spain.

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Upcoming Events

Seafood Expo Global 2020
April 21, 2020 - April 23, 2020 – Bruxelles
May 26, 2020 - May 27, 2020 – Amsterdam
Free From Food Expo
June 24, 2020 - June 25, 2020 – Amsterdam
SIAL 2020
October 18, 2020 - October 22, 2020 – Paris

Past Events

February 12, 2020 - February 15, 2020 – Nuremberg
Fruit Logistica 2020
February 05, 2020 - February 07, 2020 – Berlin
Soy Regional Trade Exchange
December 03, 2019 - December 05, 2019 – Frankfurt am Main
U.S. Exhibitors Celebrated 100 Years of ANUGA
October 05, 2019 - October 09, 2019 – Cologne
May 21, 2019 - May 22, 2019 – Amsterdam

Reports for Spain

The Best High-Value Products Prospects (Million USD)

Product Category 2018 Spanish Imports ($ Million) 5-Year Average Import Growth (% Value) Key Constraints Attractiveness for U.S. Exporters
Fish Fillets & Other Fish Meat World Total: $961
USA: $64
4% Heavy competition from other EU member states and domestic suppliers. Good reputation and reliability of U.S. producers. High per capita consumption of fish.
Almonds World Total: $553
USA: $499
1% Aflatoxin issues. Domestic consumption and exports of tree nuts is increasing due to their use in the processing industry.
Beer World Total: $334
USA: $1
1% Competition from other EU countries, traditional producers of beer. U.S. style beer is a referent and making inroads in Spain due to increased interest in these styles. Average import growth from the U.S. in the last 5 years was 200 percent.
Pistachios World Total: $110
USA: $39
12% Competition from Iran and EU importers, such as Germany, who re-export this product to Spain. Domestic consumption of tree nuts continues to increase. U.S. pistachios have a higher quality image than Iranian pistachios, the major competitor.
Distilled Spirits World Total: $1,008
USA: $124
-2% Difference in legal format of alcohol containers; exporters need to adapt to EU sizes. Increasing interest in U.S. distilled drinks, mainly bourbon. Despite the total negative growth figure, the average import growth from the U.S. in the last 5 years was 4 percent.
Pulses World Total: $316
USA: $50
54% Strong competition from Argentina and Canada, a traditional supplier of Spain. Spain is a traditional consumer of pulses and its local production is insufficient to fulfill local demand. The average import growth from the U.S. in the last 5 years was 12 percent.