Chile's table grape exports until week 5 (February 5 of this year), reached 8.9 million boxes of 8.2 kg, which is -5% less than the previous season at the same date. Exports to the main market of the US are -8% lower compared to last season. Export boxes to China are also down by -42%. This confirms the latest and fifth table grape estimate release by the table grape committee of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex), who said their exports will be 9.7% lower than last season.
According to market analysis expert, Isabel Quiroz from IQonsulting based in Chile: “The Chilean table grape destinations show changes so far, to the US, the main market, 6.8 million boxes have been sent that is -8% lower. To China 207 000 boxes have been sent, that is -42% less. Meanwhile, Japan, Korea and Mexico have experienced increases of 7%, 52% and 44% respectively compared to the previous season. However, these destinations are secondary and the volume that has been sent is less than 1 million boxes each.”
The President of Asoex, Ivan Marambio said while lower, the emphasis is on the fact that Chile is still busy switching to new generation higher yielding grape cultivars. The dry weather and drought conditions also play a role in the lower forecast.
“We are making a new estimate, in which shipments are projected to reach 67.1 million boxes of 8.2 kilos. This is 9.7% lower than in the 2021-2022 campaign, and 0.9% lower than the Committee's previous estimate. Our quality has improved significantly, especially with the new varieties, which will account for 54% of all table grape shipments this season.”