As the EU is the world´s largest food importer, Spain remains as number one from the oldest continent with US$37.8 billion worth of agri-food and seafood. However, at the same time, the country exports food products worth US$42.6 billion.
After 2008, sales of bread, butter, and corn flakes increased. Spanish consumers started to take more care about saving money. Still you may be surprised how many people in a morning rush find a moment to catch a café con leche, which is the local version of a cappuccino taken along with their favourite sweet snack: croissants, sugary friend dough or churros.
In 2009, Spanish spent about 60 minutes per day on social activities, for which lunching culture was the typical way of spending it. Every local knows that the most important business deals are discussed at the table. In a way, Spain is a chilled state of mind! Lunch occurs around 13h or 13h30 in which a set of seafood is served with the main dish and dessert.
Dinner is often consumed in the late evening, accompanied by a glass of wine, and tapas. In Catalonia, where more than 20% of the market value is generated, people after a hard day eat typical foods such as tomatoes, peppers, meats, and seafood.
In 2011, around 19% of the income of the nation was spent on such things as hotels, cafés, and restaurants. Enjoying life even after the economic crisis which hit the market negatively, los españoles adapt to long-standing tradition of tasting food with their beloved ones, friends, and relatives.