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Brazil: Grape producers benefited from lower Peruvian supply

“The Brazilian grapes have a very narrow window, which means after the European production is over and before the African supply enters the market. Normally Peru has a big supply of Red Globes in the market. Nevertheless, Peru suffered from less production volumes from the region of Piura. This resulted in more space on the European market for Brazilian grape exports during the months September, October and even a part of November”, states Altamir G. Martins of Finobrasa Agroindustrial in Brazil.

He explains that European importers waited to start importing from Brazil. “During the months July and August, European importers thought the European supply would stay in the market for a while. However, When they realized the supply was finishing, suddenly the demand increased tremendously for Brazilian grapes. This kept the prices at a good level for us.”

New varieties
Finobrasa has around 100 hectares of grape production. “It’s not our biggest product, but we are increasing slowly. Our idea is to have only very productive varieties. The traditional grape varieties, which give the biggest volumes for export, only produce one crop a year. The new varieties can produce twice a year, so more volumes per hectare. This is why we are changing from traditional varieties into the newer varieties.”

“I believe the main Brazilian companies that produce grapes are changing. The production costs of traditional varieties are basically the same as for the new ones. The prices for the grapes are the same, so it makes no sense to stick to the old varieties. Newer varieties are for example the Arra, which is white seedless and Vitoria (black) which is a local variety. The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) has developed this seedless grape and it has been exported last season, from October on. It was very well appreciated in the market, so it’s a new alternative for the external market.”

“Last year has been a good year for the Brazilian producers and as well for our company. For now it’s difficult to say what this year will bring us. Especially, because we are in transition of changing production to the new varieties”, concludes Altamir about the grape season.

Fruit Logistica
Altamir says he is very excited to participate at Fruit Logistica again. “It´s a good moment for me to meet all our traditional clients, but also to find new prospects. It’s the second time we are present as an exhibitor. Three years ago we started the contact with a few companies, which are now very strong relationships. You can visit Finobrasa in hall 23, at the Abrafrutas pavilion at stand number B-01.

For more information:
Altamir G. Martins - Diretor de Operações
Finobrasa Agroindustrial
T: +55 84 3335-2216

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