Peruvian white grape exports gain ground over the Red Globe exports

Peru's 2021-2022 grape season started early and has been accompanied by a little bit of luck. The country has shipped 42,151,462 boxes of 8.2 kilograms between the start of the export season more than five months ago and the first week of January. In other words, 70% of the initial estimate (60 million boxes) has already been shipped.

But there are still two more months to end the campaign. According to Manuel Yzaga, president of the Association of Table Grape Producers of Peru, if the country continues exporting more than 4 million boxes a week, total table grape shipments could exceed 61 million boxes at the end of March; consolidating the country as the second world supplier of table grapes.

Exporters are taking advantage of the fact that the production of quality grapes in California (United States) ended earlier than expected. And that's not all. Chile, the main exporter of grapes worldwide with peak shipments between February and May, might produce fewer grapes this season in the north of the country.

According to Provid data, 65% of the grapes exported
up until the first week of January (27.3 million boxes) comes from the north of the country; while the remaining 35% (14.7 million boxes) came from the southern area of the country.

This last geographical area has had a favorable evolution in the last two campaigns. In the 2020-2021 season alone, its exports increased by 49% over the previous campaign.

Provid also stated that, so far this season, the White Seedless variety
is the most exported grape, with more than 18 million boxes, i.e. 44% more than in the 2020-2021 campaign.

The Red Seedless is the second most exported variety and its exports have increased by 24% over the previous campaign. Exports of the
Red Globe variety, which was one of the most demanded varieties five years ago, amount to more than 10.1 million boxes so far.

"We estimate that we'll export a total of 25 million boxes of white grapes by the end of the campaign," Yzaga said. This means that this variety would account for almost 42% of all Peruvian table grape exports.

Why is the white grape variety increasing more? The answer is related to varietal replacement. "Inputs and production costs have increased and we could not keep growing traditional varieties -such as Thompson, Crimson Seedless, or Sugraone- because they had low profitability. Now we are betting more on patented grapes that produce 50% more in one hectare compared to other varieties," he said.



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