According to the second Kiwi Report prepared by the Chilean Kiwi Committee, at week 13, shipments of this fruit reached 5,254 tons. North America (the USA and Canada) was the main destination for Chilean kiwi with 1,758 tons to date.
It was followed by Latin America with 1,348 tons. The leading markets in Latin America were Colombia with 378 tons and Brazil with 147 tons. Europe ranked third with 1,078 tons. Italy and the Netherlands stood out with 129 tons and 92 tons, respectively. The Russian market also stood out with 176 tons.
Chile has exported 869 tons of kiwis to the Far East, 622 tons to China-Hong Kong, and 184 tons to Japan. Finally, the Middle East, specifically the United Arab Emirates, has received 24 tons.
In a recent conversation with Simfruit, Carlos Cruzat, the president of the Kiwi Committee said they expected to export nearly 5% less than in the previous season. “We anticipate this season will be very similar to the last one. A milder summer would be good for the condition and quality of the fruit, as the plant would grow more comfortable and with a good amount of dry matter. The rain shouldn't be a problem for the sector if the ventilation of the orchards is well managed. There could be some post-harvest challenges if producers want to store the fruit for a long time,” he stated.