Pineapples have replaced avocados as the uks fastest-selling fruit
Pineapples have replaced avocados as the UK’s fastest-selling fruit
It's still dominating brunch menus everywhere, but the first signs of the nation reaching peak avocado are starting to show.
(Related: 7 great reasons to still eat avocados)
According to sales figures from Tesco, pineapples have overtaken avocados as the UK's fastest-selling fruit, with sales increasing by 15 per cent in 2019. In contrast, the demand for avocado grew by only 10%.
The supermarket has put the surge in popularity down to the tropical fruit's 'versatility as an ingredient in main dishes, desserts and juices', with interest soaring across a variety of food and drink items.
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Tesco reports a 20% increase in pineapple juice sales, along with a 15% rise in the controversial Hawaiian pizza. Pineapple production in Costa Rica, the leading supplier of the fruit to Europe and the USA, has also increased by nearly 10 per cent over the last two years.
The retailer's pineapple buyer says the introduction of ready-to-eat portions has helped it become the 'fruit taste of the moment'.
'We've been focused on making it easy for our customers to enjoy this fruit, and have introduced a range of prepared snacking pineapple cut into finger sized shapes which are popular as a healthy lunchbox treat for school kids,' Morgan Jaquemet commented. 'Last year we even sold pineapples at Halloween as a rival to the pumpkin for kids to carve into a scary face.'
The sweet, juicy fruit is also known for its health benefits. High in fibre, pineapples also contain a number of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C and manganese.
It could be a while before the taste for avocado on toast sees a decline, however. According to research company Nielsen's annual analysis, sales of avocado sales were up a staggering £29.8 million in 2019.
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