Israel’s food exports from January to the end of September 2003 amounted to US$377.6m, an increase of 20% from the year-ago period.

According to data released by the Food Division at the Israel Manufacturers Association, exports of meat and poultry products rose 8.2% amounting to $30.5m; exports of citrus products rose 12.6% to $110m; other fruit products’ exports increased 28% to $20.5m. Exports of confectionery items increased 67% to $12.2m, and exports of sweets and chocolates rose 34% to $7.9m.

Gezy Kaplan, chairman of the Food Division, said that in the first nine months of 2003, the volume of food exports from Israel to the EU rose 22.6% and to the USA it increased 36%. He noted that the import of food items for the period fell 2.1% to $637m.