Exporting pickled cucumbers and gherkins to Europe
The European market generates the highest demand worldwide for pickled cucumbers and gherkins. Cold climatic conditions in Europe necessitate the preservation of vegetables and fruits by pickling, allowing seasonal vegetables to be eaten throughout the year. Canned and bottled vegetables can also be more convenient than searching for fresh produce in supermarkets. The food service industry in Europe largely uses pickled cucumbers as a hamburger and sandwich condiment (usually sliced, or chopped on sausages and hot dogs), in pickle relishes and in a variety of salads.