According to a report by the commercial intelligence agency Fresh Fruit, Peruvian pineapple exports fell by 24% in value - despite growing 8% in volume - during the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018. According to this source, in that period pineapple shipments abroad reached a value of $ 286,035, equivalent to 117 tons.
“This fall is explained by the significant decrease in demand from Germany, the main buyer of 2018. The Germans went from accounting for 78% of 2018 shipments ($ 296,011) to about 1% in 2019 ($ 4,053). Currently, Germany imports this fruit mainly from Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, and Ghana,” the source stated.
The place of Germany as the main destination of Peruvian pineapple was taken by the United States, after six years without shipments to that market, which helped cushion the fall in exports. Shipments to the US markets reached 15 tons and were worth $ 184,079. Thus, the North American country concentrated 64% of Peruvian pineapple shipments with an average price of 12 dollars per kilo, a scenario much higher than the 5 dollars per kilo offered by Germany.
The Greenbox company, with plantations in the Tarma Valley, was responsible for 100% of shipments to the United States.