Peru's mandarin campaign started late because of the high temperatures in the first half of the year impacting the volume of fruit exported. Between January and October, Peruvian mandarin exports fell by 44% in volume and 40% in value, totaling 118,099 tons worth 137 million euro, according to data from Fresh Fruit.
Exports to the United States -the main market for Peruvian mandarins- contracted by 60% in volume and 58% in value amounting to only 53,413 tons and 64 million dollars up until October. UK imports decreased by 36% in volume and 26% in value compared to last year, with the purchase of 11,051 tons worth 12 million dollars. As a result, the Netherlands surpassed the UK and became the second main destination for Peruvian mandarins.
The Netherlands was the only Top 3 importer with good performance in this period, registering a 20% increase in volume and a 51% increase in the value of its purchases, which rose to 17,648 tons worth 21 million dollars.
"According to the CEO of the German company Rolf Koch GmbH, Jürgen Weiler, in the first weeks of November, Nadorcott mandarins were in high demand in the European market. This allowed Peruvian mandarins to present a competitive advantage in terms of quality and price. Compared to the Spanish product, Peruvian mandarins are 20% cheaper and their flavor pleases consumers," according to Fresh Fruit sources.