Exports of fresh table grapes from Peru reached 57.4 million cases of 8.2 kg each in the 2020/2021 season. Thus, the exports of Peruvian table grapes increased by 17% compared to the previous season, according to the website Agraria.pe with reference to the Association of Producers and Exporters of Table Grapes of Peru (PROVID). According to EastFruit analysts, it means that Peru may become the second largest table grape exporter in the world, displacing Italy, the United States and China. Only Chile might still be exporting more table grapes in terms of export volumes.
“The growth rate of exports of table grapes and other fruits and vegetables from Peru is really impressive. Recently, exporters from Peru surpassed Chile in exporting fresh blueberries, firmly entrenching themselves in the leadership position, and now they are beginning to crowd out Chile in terms of table grapes exports. In terms of the export revenues from the table grapes, Peru has already bypassed Chile and is coming close to China, because Peruvian grapes earn higher export prices than Chilean grapes” says Andriy Yarmak, an economist at the Investment Centre of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Thus, Peru exported about 470 thousand tons of fresh table grapes this season. For comparison, the regional leader, Uzbekistan, exports annually around 120-140 thousand tons of table grapes, and Moldova – from 60 to 80 thousand tons of fresh table grapes.
In the 2020/2021 season, 50 different varieties of table grapes were exported from Peru, and 133 exporting companies were engaged in the export. Therefore, on average, each exporter was able to ship over 3.5 thousand tons of table grapes to foreign markets per season. The emphasis of Peruvian grape exports was placed on seedless varieties, which made it possible to get higher export prices. By the way, EastFruit experts mention often that seedless varieties are the future of the table grapes business.
According to the source, the highest demand was observed for white varieties of table grapes offered by Peru. Red varieties followed and exports of black varieties was the lowest. The association also noted that this season Peru exported grapes to 62 world countries, but the main volumes – 41%, were sold to the United States. Other largest importers were the Netherlands (14%), China (11%), the Great Britain (4.2%) and Canada (4%).
PROVID also noted that in the 2020/2021 season, the area cultivated with certified table grapes in the country increased by 2%, reaching 20,775 hectares.
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