The Chilean kiwifruit season is almost over. So far this campaign, Chile has exported more than 146,000 tons of fresh kiwifruit. Shipments to the United States (+24%), as well as to the Netherlands (+46%), India (+28%) and Mexico (+19%) have increased. However, despite the growth in these markets, Chile's total exports (up to week 34 of 2021) have dropped by a slight 2% compared to the previous year. Worthy of note is the decrease in shipments to China (-56%), France (-51%), Italy (-13%) and Spain (-10%).
As revealed by the Kiwi Committee in its latest Crop Report, good results have been achieved in the markets and consumers are willing to pay more, but in return, they demand higher quality and the certainty of a sustainable production process behind the fruit.
"As expected, and with the season nearing its end, shipments of Chilean kiwifruit to various markets around the world are beginning to decline gradually week by week," said the trade association in its report.
It also stressed that the lower supply in the destination markets has led to adjustments in both prices and sales rates, so good quality fruit of good sizes stands out above the rest. "However, the strong competition from other seasonal fruits, as well as the presence of batches of somewhat irregular quality and condition, has slowed the rise in prices for Chile's kiwifruit supply," said the Committee.