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106% between January and May
Peru: Growing exports of fruits and vegetables to France

Peruvian processed food exports to France grew 106% between January and May of this year, representing new business opportunities for the Peruvian business sector, reported the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL).

During the first five months of 2011 Peruvian agricultural exports show a favorable behavior and which amounted to 1,222 million dollars, 43% more than the same period last year, said the Foreign Trade Center (CCEX) of the CCL.

56% of these exports are fruits and vegetables, with the processed food showing the highest growth, with 44% after adding $287 million.

He explained that traditionally the main market demands for these products are the United States and Spain, representing 56% of exports of processed fruits and vegetables to the world.

Both markets have a very favorable growth of 29% and 75%, respectively.

Spain demands greater amounts of processed fruit and vegetables than fresh, like canned piquillo peppers, whole dried paprika and asparagus and preserved or prepared artichoke.

He said this year interest among European countries has increased for processed fruits and vegetables from Peru, being an attractive block France and Germany in part because they are the world's largest importers of these products after the United States.

France is the third country destination of exports of Peruvian processed fruits and vegetables with sales of $25 million during January and May this year, 106% over the same period of 2010.

The main product exported to France is prepared or canned asparagus, which represents over 70% of Peruvian shipments of processed fruits and vegetables into the French market and has a strong growth in export volumes and values.

The FTC said that it will continue to increase as a recovery of international prices of this product is expected due to the likely decline in the global supply of canned asparagus by reduced production in China.

In addition, shipments of Peruvian canned artichokes, which showed a growth of 49% also have attractive opportunities in the French market since April and September is the time when the French consume more of this product, being the Artichoke hearts the most requested presentation.

Peru is the second largest supplier of canned artichokes to France after Spain, which in turn also supplies Peruvian products to make their re-exports to this market and other countries in the region.

Source: Andina

Publication date: 8/9/2011


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