According to data from the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (Odepa), between January and October 2019, Chile exported 2.5 million tons of fresh fruit worth 4.505 billion dollars, i.e. 6.2% and 0.9% less, respectively, than in the same period of the previous year. According to the president of the Federation of Fruit Producers, Jorge Valenzuela, the drop in volume in the fruit sector has been taking place but it has been offset by the rise in the sales price.
During that period of time, table grape led exports, reaching a sum of 1.2 billion dollars. However, table grape exports were 0.9% lower than in the same period of 2018.
Cherry exports grew by 30%
Meanwhile, cherry exports - which follow table grape exports - have been positioning themselves with better figures. Between January and October 2019, sales amounted to 1.022 billion dollars, which means they had a 24% increase in value.
In addition, according to statistics from the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), to date, the country has exported 28,271 tons of fresh cherries, i.e. 30.06% more than in the same period of 2018. According to SimFruit, more than 10,000 tons of cherry have been shipped by air (+50% compared to the 2018/2019 season) and more than 17,000 tons by sea (+20%).
Asia has become the main destination for the country's cherries with shipments of 25,095 tons, i.e. 34.7% more than in the same period last season. The US market received 1,336 tons of Chilean cherries (-1% compared to the previous season), Latin America 1,180 tons (+12%), Europe 569 tons (+16%), Canada 54 tons (-39%), and the Middle East 35 tons (-19%).
To date, the most exported varieties are the Santina (51% of the total exported), Royal Dawn (34%), Bing (3%), Glen Red (2.8%) and Brooks (1.9% of the total).
As reported by SimFruit, Chile expects to break its historical record by exporting 210,000 tons of cherries in the 2019/2020 season, i.e. 16.7% more than the 180,000 tons that the country exported in 2018.