Seeing an increase of 26% over the same period last year, Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports exceeded US$2.801 billion between January and July in 2021. Last year, global fruit imports reached US$138 billion (a rise of US$3 billion compared to 2019), and those of vegetables totaled US$75 billion (a US$2 billion increase compared to 2019).
ADEX reported that fruit exports (including fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits) amounted to US$2.321 billion thru July 2021. Products that stood out were avocados (US$925 million), grapes (US$538 million), mangoes (US$346 million), tangerines (US$167 million), and blueberries.
Andina.pe reports that during the analyzed period, the United States was the main destination for Peruvian fruit exports (US$681 million), thus accounting for 29% of total sales. It was followed by the Netherlands (US$581 million), Spain, Chile, the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Canada, and Russia.
Peruvian food imports prove a hit in Thailand
Avocado, grapes, cranberries and asparagus were the leading Peruvian foodstuffs exported to Thailand last year. The biggest boom was in cranberries, which increased in value by 747% compared to the previous year. This means that Peruvian agri-food exports to Thailand grew in 2021, reaching US$4.2 million in May, comfortably exceeding the $3.6 million achieved in 2020.
The growing importance of the Thai market to Peru's export strategy is behind the transfer of Promperú's trade office in the region. After almost five years based in Hong Kong, the Peruvian organisation's promotional office in South-East Asia moves to Bangkok this year, it said.