Chile: Good prospects grape season

With the climate performing as expected, Chile’s outlook on the coming table grape season is confident. Producers think they will be able to match last year’s volume. The country delivers over 36 varieties for export, of which the Thompson seedless and the Flame Seedless are the biggest sellers. Other varieties doing well include Red Globe, Superior Seedless, Crimson and Autumn Royal. Most grapes are being cultivated in the regions of Atacama (Copiapo) and Maule (Curico-Talca).

The industry isn’t without problems however. A revaluation of Chile’s Peso is not considered favourable for the sector, nor is the sustained rise of costs. Domestic grape consumption is but small, about 10% of the total output. But as suppliers like Greece, Spain and Italy were unable to meet demands, Chile is anticipating healthy demands from the EU. China is also buying grapes, although largest buyer remains the US with 40%.

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