For the first time in a decade, Dutch greenhouse acreage has declined by 2.4% to 4870 hectares, compared to about 4990 hectares in 2010 and 2011. According to figures from Statistics Netherland, greenhouse acreage had been steadily growing for over a decade. The number of glasshouse companies has also dropped, from 1205 in 2011, to 1131 last year. In 2000, there were 2511 active horticultural companies in the Netherlands. The data reveals a decline in tomato acreage, slightly down from 2012; however, there has been an increase in the production of vine and cherry tomatoes. Also down is pepper acreage, which has dropped by 50 hectares. While the production of green peppers is constant, and there has been a slight increase in yellow peppers, there is a decline in the production of red peppers. On the positive side of the ledger, there has been a slight increase in strawberry acreage to 290 hectares, which has been attributed to an increase in glass cultivation. The area under glass is now about equal to plastic tunnels. The overall decline in the Dutch horticulture sector can be attributed to the competitiveness of the Spanish industry, an increase in natural gas prices, and government policy to prohibit growers from building new greenhouses that use any fossil fuels by 2015.