Peru: Mango exports as a new and challenging undertaking

Shortly after the end of the mango export campaign (started last October and will end in April), the agricultural sector is preparing to record a new record of shipments, with some 220,000 tons (t) exported, according to Día1 Juan Carlos Rivera, general manager of the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM).

This means, this number will exceed the volumes of the 31/2018 campaign by 2019%, when 168,000 tons were exported; and by 8% those of the 2017/2018 campaign, when the 204,000 t were reached. Despite the good result, this record will not cover the ceiling estimated by the union, which was 229,000 tons.

The seesaw in the inter-annual results has to do with a condition of fruit trees: alternation. An effect that the hoses - distributed over some 31 hectares of the coastal valleys between Piura and Áncash - have been able to overcome. Of this, the 5% growth in average of mango shipments in the last decade speaks of and the position of Peru as the world's fourth largest exporter of fruit.

Apart from the greater volume, the smaller sizes, that is, the smaller size of the fruit. The usual thing is to harvest mango sizes 7, 8 and 9 (that is, in a box between that number of fruits), but this time the average has been 8,9 and 10. The main challenge posed by the small size is not meets buyers' expectations, Rivera explains.

"It has to do with the preference of the consuming public, but also with a logistical and commercial issue, since fewer mangoes fit in a box. If a consumer sees a smaller mango, they will prefer not to buy it,” he maintains.

The frozen food industry also looks at it suspiciously, since having little pulp, much pepa, is not attractive. Still, take advantage of it. Last January, shipments of this presentation increased 22%, according to Comex. "It is a reflection of the large production and that part of it has not been marketed as a strawberry," Rivera told blueberriesconsulting.com.


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