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Peru: Piura expects 50% less table grapes

Earlier this year northern Peru suffered from the rains caused by El Ni˝o. When the Piura table grapes season began the damage was notable. "We started our table grapes season in late August. The impact of the rains will be more noticeable in the second part of the campaign, "says Gerd Burmester of Ecosac Peru.

The company Ecosac is located in Piura and has 1.000 hectares for the production of table grapes, of which 240 hectares are Red Globe and the rest are seedless grapes. "We started our season at the end of August with Red Globe, and then followed with seedless grapes, which start harvesting at the end of September. The season will run until the end of December. Europe and the United States are our main markets, followed by the Asian market. "
He explains that the rains have caused yield problems. "In our case, we expect to have 30% less Red Globe and 40% less seedless grapes. We try not to affect our main customers, however, we have to work with reduced volumes, especially during the second harvest period, that is from October to December. "

When there is little supply, market prices usually rise, although we know that "prices depend on many additional factors, such as local supply. We believe that Piura as a region will have a 50% lower volume. This is likely to cause an increase in prices, which we hope will not reach the point that will lead to reduced consumption by opting for other fruits.
"We have to be careful with the quality, since it differs throughout the production. Even if there is less, we can not export all the volume we have available. It is important to export only those that have the quality requested. It is important to take care of the good reputation of our brand and Peru's brand. It is important to clearly explain the real situation so our clients can prepare," concludes Gerd.
For more information: 
Gerd Burmester 
T: +5173 628605 
E: gerd@ecosac.com.pe

Publication date: 9/25/2017


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