Larger, more concentrated shipments are taking place with the latter portion of the Peruvian table grape season.
Due to a labor strike the 2020 portion of the season, shippers are making up for lost time.
Peruvian grape exports to the U.S. are up 21 percent this season.
El Pedregal S.A reports from mid January on, the U.S. market is likely to see the arrivals of large shipments of Peruvian grapes. Green varieties will probably be the largest portion of this volume concentration, since it is a fruit that most producers have prioritized to harvest, due to their greater sensitivity to quality problems.
El Pedregal predicts a significant increase in exports for both green and red seedless table grapes with exports to destinations around the world reaching around 18 million boxes and 14 to 15 million boxes respectively.
This increase will also be seen in Peruvian grape exports overall. Last season Peru exported 48 million boxes. This year it is forecasting about 55 to 56 million boxes. The season is expected to start winding down the end of January or early February. This is the time period when Chilean exports begin.