The second stage of the Chilean kiwi export season has started marked by high international demand and a 10% decrease in stock over the previous season, according to the Chilean Kiwi Committee's Crop Report. Despite the fact that the a lot of northern hemisphere is on vacation, the prices of the national product remain largely stable and even higher than the prices achieved in 2019 in the main markets, the report states.
“In the last fortnight, the movement of Chilean kiwi has remained constant in the main markets. Demand has been more active than in the previous season thanks to the early departure of suppliers, such as Italy in the northern hemisphere, and sales prices have been better than in the 2019 campaign,″ the document states.
“However, the northern hemisphere is on vacation, so the consumption of kiwis has decreased slightly in the last period, which adds to the strong presence of seasonal fruits. According to estimates, sales will resume with more force in August,” the report adds.
During weeks 26 and 27 of this year, Chile exported 11,006 and 4,624 tons of kiwi, respectively, accumulating 102,540 tons this season, i.e. 7% less than in the previous season. The Hayward variety leads shipments (97%) with 99,424 tons. It is followed by the yellow pulp varieties (2%) with 2,558 tons, and other varieties (1%) with 559 tons.
This season's Chilean kiwi shipments are mainly destined for Europe, a market that receives 42% of the exported fruit, equivalent to 43,033 tons. It is followed by the Far East (17%) with 17,480 tons, Latin America (16%) with 16,083 tons, and North America (14%) with 14,662 tons. After that, comes Russia (6%) with 5,721 tons, and the Middle East (5%) with 5,561 tons.
Europe and the Middle East are the only markets that show a positive balance compared to the previous season, as they increased by 35% and 28%, respectively.