According to Key Peru, the exporting company, Peru exported 156,000 tons of sweet onions (equivalent to 6,000 containers of 26 tons) during the sweet onion campaign 2019/2020, which ended last January. That is 5 % more than the 148,500 tons shipped in the previous campaign.
The general manager of the entity, Miguel Ognio Gomez, said that 85% of sweet onion exports went to the United States, 12% to Europe (Spain, the Netherlands, and England) and the remaining 3% was distributed among others markets.
He also stressed that the 2019/2020 campaign culminated in a bad way because some marketers dispatched an excess of production in just one month, which caused a decrease in prices. “All that onion went to a single port in the United States, that collapsed the price immediately. It also generated a slow movement in other shipments because nobody wanted to ship the product at a low price. As a result, a percentage of the product was lost,” he said.
In Peru, there are about 3,000 hectares of sweet onion, located mainly in Ica (Villacurí), the small north of Lima, and the old valley of Olmos (Lambayeque).
Key Peru participated with 11.6% of the total
Ognio added that in the 2019/2020 campaign Key Peru exported 18,200 tons of sweet onions (700 containers), which accounted for 11.6% of the total dispatched by Peru. 85% of the company's shipments were sent to the United States and the rest to Europe. Key Peru has about 360 hectares of sweet onion (12% of the total area) in Ica and the small north of Lima.