The Chinese import season of Peruvian grapefruits lasts from July to September each year. Other imported products with big market shares include South African grapefruits, supplied from May to October, Egyptian grapefruit, available from October to February, and Israeli grapefruits, on the market from November to April. Under a strategic brand cooperation agreement, Leopard Fruit, as the sole importer in China of Peruvian grapefruits, distributes these products in China. Among the available sizes, the most popular on the market are 40/45/50/55 pieces in 15-kilo packaging.
“The production areas haven’t encountered extreme weather this year. Like oranges, the production and quality of Peruvian grapefruits are similar to last season. In fact, the production of Peruvian grapefruit is very limited, and its target export market is the United States. With the Covid-19 pandemic, although the global markets’ demand for citrus has surged, the total export volume has not changed notably due to the limited production and the fact that it is not the main product for Peruvian exporters,” Ms. Sylvia Xu of Leopard Fruit (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. said.
In terms of the current market situation of grapefruit imports in China, as European importers attracted part of the South African supply initially planned for China with higher prices, the total export volume from this country to China is lower than in previous years, and the demand in the Chinese market has been exceeding the supply throughout the season. Thanks to this, Peruvian grapefruits are enjoying more market opportunities than in previous years.
“Due to limited volumes, our destination market is the Shanghai area. The first-grade quality product is marketed through traditional wholesale channels, and the P-grade product for juicing is bound for deep processing channels. In terms of e-commerce channels, we have no distribution plans and products there mainly come from wholesale markets. Last year, due to some issues with quality inspection certificates, the import volume of Peruvian grapefruits was very small, and only containers of P-grade were imported. This year, thanks to the efforts of Leopard Fruit, the import of the first-grade product has resumed, but the import volume is still low and we expect it to increase significantly next year.”