According to the Association of Producers and Exporters of Table Grape of Peru (Provid), Peruvian table grape exports during the 2019/2020 campaign could grow by 15% compared to the previous campaign (2018/2019).
This growth will be due to the increase in cultivation areas that will enter into production, as well as to the increase in the production yields of the new varieties sown in recent years as a consequence of the varietal replacement process. Therefore, there will be more grapes in the international market.
The general manager of Provid, Carlos Zamorano, said the country would export more than 50 million boxes of table grapes (8.2 kilos each box) in this campaign. In the previous campaign, the country exported 47 million boxes.
“In the 2019/2020 campaign, Peruvian table grape export will amount to more than 900 million dollars and will approach 1 billion dollars (if there are no problems with the price). In the last campaign, table grape exports amounted to 812 million dollars. The grape is the first agro-industrial export product,” he said.
He said that the main destinations of table grapes from Peru would be the United States, China, and the European Union, but he also highlighted the importance of other markets, such as Vietnam, South Korea, and Indonesia.
Carlos Zamorano said that the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa), along with its representative, is working to open new markets in Asia and South America. He added that the phytosanitary authority of Peru had fulfilled all the requirements requested by their Japanese counterpart and that they expected the Japanese market could be opened soon. Peru also seeks to open the Philippine market, which has more than 100 million inhabitants and has high table grape consumption.
In South America, the country has almost finished the procedures to open the markets of Argentina and Chile. They will also seek to reopen the Ecuadorian market, as well as facilitate shipments to Costa Rica.
The general manager of Provid also spoke about the varietal replacement being developed by the Peruvian grape industry, which is betting on seedless table grape varieties. He highlighted the sector's business capacity to adapt quickly to market requirements.
“5 or 6 years ago, more than 80% of the Peruvian offer corresponded to table grapes of the Red Globe variety. In the last campaign (2018/2019) this variety only represented a little more than 30% of their offer. Thus, we can see there has been an important varietal exchange,” he said.