The table shows the top 10 exports relating to food and drink.
Rank Product Annual exports (approx., US$ millions)
1 Beer 1,800
2 Tomatoes 1,100
3 Tequila & Mezcal 740
4 Bell peppers 610
5 Avocados 600
6 Coffee 325
7 Onions 280
8 Pork 270
9 Limes & lemons 260
10 Watermelon 210
The actual value of exports for each product varies widely from year to year. The figures quoted in the table are an average of the last few years for which data are available. They underestimate the importance of strawberries, exports of which have risen sharply since 2004. In the past couple of years, exports of strawberries have exceeded watermelon in value.
Small wonder that the “Mexico exports” set of stamps in use from the 1970s to the 1990s featured many agricultural products in its designs, including tomatoes (pictured here), tequila, beer, coffee, honey, strawberries, limes, cotton and citrus fruits. We plan to look more closely at some of these items in future posts.
Agriculture is analyzed in chapter 15 of Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico. Mexico’s exports are examined in chapter 20. Buy your copy today, so you have this handy reference guide to all aspects of Mexico’s geography available whenever you need it.