Peruvian table grape exports have shown a positive development this season. Fernando Cilloniz, the president of the Inform@cción consultancy firm, stated that, according to information from Customs, Peru exported 350,000 tons of grapes in the 2019-2020 campaign, i.e. slightly less than the 360,000 tons it exported in the previous campaign. However, shipments exceeded 900 million dollars. "The table grape is the main export fruit of Peru, ahead of the blueberry, avocado, or asparagus," said Cilloniz.
Regions and companies
Ica was the main exporting region for this fruit with 165,000 tons, followed by Piura with 137,000 tons. Lambayeque ranked third with 27,800 tons and La Libertad fourth with 18,100 tons. The rest of the regions exported less significant values.
According to Cilloniz, the top five grape exporting companies last season were Sociedad Agrícola Rapel, El Pedregal, Beta, Ecosac, and Agricola Andrea.
Sociedad Agricola Rapel has grown impressively after appearing in Piura in the 2012-2013 campaign with just over 5,000 tons and reaching 37,000 tons in the 2016-2017 campaign. In the following season its exports decreased to 24,000 tons, due to the El Niño Phenomenon, and then increased again to 46,000 tons in 2018-2019. The company was expected to continue growing in the 2019-2020 campaign but it had a significant drop and only exported 30,800 tons.
The case of El Pedregal is different since it has fields in the north and in Ica. In the 2019-2020 campaign, it reached its highest export record, totaling almost 32,000 tons (in the previous campaign it exported 26,000 tons).
Beta also had a good year and achieved 25,000 tons, while Ecosac, which operates in the north, showed a significant drop. "In general, the companies with operations in Ica didn't suffer those ups and downs that we are seeing in the companies in the north," he said.
Finally, Cilloniz said that the United States becoming the main market for this Peruvian fruit, with 150,000 tons of imported table grapes, was a positive thing because the sector was showing a dependence on the Chinese market with the Red Globe variety. "In recent years we have been changing the variety to seedless grapes, betting more on the American market," he said.