FOREIGN TRADE OF THE PREPARED AND READY TO EAT SECTOR

The foreign trade of prepared and pre-cooked dishes does not seem to be very significant, since the high costs of transport and storage seem to advise against such strategies, preferring to place the processing centers close to the big potential markets. Thus, these offers take advantage of local distribution networks that allow a great agility in the supply, reducing infrastructures. It should also be borne in mind that a good part of the international exchanges of these offers are not reflected in the statistics, since these are internal movements between subsidiaries of large multinational companies. As an exception to this situation, Spanish exports of gazpachos and vegetable creams to the French market can be cited. Also important were hamburger exports to Russia, but these have been drastically reduced in the last period. As far as imports are concerned, it should be noted that a good part of the vegetables used in the preparation of cooked dishes come from China and Peru.

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Montse Gonzalez