THE regional government body which controls the manufacture and sale of the sobrassada (Majorcan sausage) reported yesterday that 3 of every 4 are consumed on the mainland of Spain. It also revealed in its summary of trade in 2008 that in spite of the economic crisis, sales of the sobrassada increased by 3 percent in comparison with the previous year, and were particular popular in Valencia and Catalonia. In the Balearics meanwhile, people ate less of the sausage last year than they did in 2007. The sobrassada is slowly being accepted in EU countries other than Spain but figures show that barely a 1'000 were sold outside Spanish borders last year. Agriculture minister Merce Amer said yesterday she was pleased with the expansion of trade, and that the sales success was a reflection of the excellence of the product.
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