The kiwi season is in full swing in Chile. The country has exported 95,045 tons as of week 23-24, a figure that reflects a 12% year-on-year drop in export volumes.
"There is a lower volume due to the effect of the summer heat, which led to lower production due to a reduction in sizes, as well as a clearing of hectares. However, there shouldn't be a big difference between this season and last year's exports. According to our estimates, they will be 4% to 5% lower,” stated Carlos Cruzat, President of the Kiwi Committee.
"In addition, exports started slower and almost 40% of them were carried out behind schedule. However, as the season has developed, volumes have been balancing. Today we are nearly 10% behind schedule, which is due to how hard it was to start shipping to international markets due to COVID-19," Cruzat added.
"Furthermore, the harvests started later than usual because there was no rush to carry them out, as there was great uncertainty regarding the behavior of the markets. In addition, everything slowed down because the number of workers in the fields and packing facilities decreased due to the social distancing and other measures taken to safeguard people," Cruzat said. "Fortunately, the season has normalized a lot by now, especially in the European markets."
Europe continues to be the main destination for this Chilean fruit, with 27,744 tons and a 26% increase over 2018. It is followed by the Far East with 26,096 tons (-43%), Latin America with 15,748 tons (-18%), North America with 13,413 tons (-12%), the Middle East with 3,438 tons (+ 33%), and Russia with 8,607 tons (-49%),compared to the same period in 2018.
More than 90% of the kiwi exported is of the Hayward variety, which is followed by 4% of other varieties, led by Jintao with 1,652.