Special Latin America

Banana prices increase in Ecuador due to damage to Central American plantations

After a hard year in 2020, the prices in the banana industry are starting to see some recovery. Throughout 2020, due to the pandemic, the market prices were low for the bananas. “It was a bad year in terms of price,” says Hugo Castro of Ecuador-based GinaFruit. “The closure of important sales channels,…

Slimmer volumes on imported mango

Mango supplies in North America are currently light. “They’re coming in from Peru right now and early crop numbers are fairly light due to weather,” says Rick Nagelberg of Panorama Produce Sales in Mamaroneck, NY. He notes that there are Kent and a few Ataulfo mangoes coming out of Peru. “There are a few…

Pricing could get stronger on avocados

Following a significant drop in prices, avocado pricing has picked up and may continue to do so. Currently, Mexico is the only player in the market shipping avocados with the lack of Peru, Chile and California shipping fruit. (Though California will be set to begin again in April.) “In Mexico, they’re harvesting…

CarSol anticipates positive blueberry season Chile

General manager of CarSol Fruit SA, Álvaro Prieto, is expecting a positive blueberry season. He highlighted that -so far- better yields have been observed than last season.…

Costa Rica to increase supply of inputs for Mexican organic agriculture

A recent study on the marketing of inputs for organic agriculture in Mexico, carried out by the Foreign Trade Promoter of Costa Rica (PROCOMER), concluded that Costa Rica…

Peruvian blueberry exports passed 833 million dollars in 2020

Peru's blueberry exports in 2020 had a moderate increase in volume and value when compared to the previous year. According to a report by Agrodata Peru, in 2020 the country exported 155,645,103 kilos of blueberries for a FOB value of 833,137,981 dollars, while in 2019 it exported 122,031,496 kilos for…

Ronald Bown Fernandez, Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX)

"2020 was a year of great challenges, but the fruit industry was able to respond and adapt to them"

The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown Fernandez, took stock of the sector's work in 2020, a year marked, mainly, by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Each export season is different and presents challenges and opportunities for the Chilean fruit sector. However, the…

Chilean cherry exports to grow by more than 38% compared with last season

It’s summer in Chile, and that means it’s time for Chilean Cherries. The Chilean cherry season is in full swing, with promotions ongoing throughout the month of January and into early February.  Over the past several years, Chile has earned a strong reputation as the world’s largest cherry exporter, with volumes…

Marco Ortega, commercial director of Kion Export: "We have increased planting by 15% for 2021"

The boom in the global demand for organic ginger is strengthening Peru as a supplier

Peru has been gaining ground in the global ginger market in recent years and become the world's fourth largest exporter of this vegetable, whose demand has experienced a strong rebound in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and the rising consumption of healthy food. One of the players in the ginger sector that…

FreshPlaza January special - Latin America

FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting Latin America in our January special. Are you an importer of fruit, vegetables or services from Latin America or do you export from there to destinations around the world? We would love to hear from you for our January special section. You can send us some…


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