Peruvian grape, blueberry and mango exports all set to increase

Table grapes, blueberries and mango will grow in volume 15%, 25% and 29%, respectively, this year. With about 100,000 tons, between this year and next Peru would become the first global supplier of the berry, displacing Chile.

The three fruits are in the top 'five' of the Peruvian exporting fruit basket: the grape leads it, the blueberry is in third place.

Table grapes
With about 19,000 hectares under cultivation, according to the Association of Table Grape Producers of Peru (Provid), the outlook is for the fruit to grow in volume, value and certified areas by Senasa (suitable for export) at the end of the year. In volume, it is estimated that it will advance by up to 15% says Carlos Zamorano, general manager of Provid.

This increase would be explained by the higher yields (from 30% to 50% more) of new varieties, subject to royalties, which have gone replacing the traditional Red Globe, explains Ernesto Gallo, professor of the master's degree in agribusiness at the University of Piura. According to Provid, this last variety occupies 30% of the surface of the fruit.

“People are worried about having good color and Brix (sweetness) to be able to compete,” warns Michelle Aspee, operations manager at CBA Agrotecnia, specializing in grape packing services, about the pressure imposed on the business by the preponderance of varieties 'club'.

Thus, in value, thanks to the new varieties - of which Provid estimates there are some 50 in rehearsal- table grape shipments would grow 8%, up to US $ 820 million, says Luis Corvera, general director of Fresh Fruit Peru.

"The harvest comes in normal form. We see the market much better than last year. Production in the United States is somewhat smaller and there is expectation to receive Peruvian fruit towards the month of December”, Says Enzo Pareja, commercial manager of Complejo Agroindustrial Beta.

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