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Imports of Grapes are Gaining Steam

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U.S. retailers are focused on table grape imports and fruit in cold storage as the domestic harvest period has come to an end and shipments are now coming in from Peru, Chile, Brazil, and South Africa, according to a report by San Lucar.


With Piura already over, Ica is now in full export season. From early April up to late December, 41,014,134 total 18 pound boxes have been shipped being the most exported White seedless (46%;  19,055,266 boxes), Red Seedless (25%; 10,215,686 boxes), Red Globe (17%; 7,066,089 boxes) and Black seedless (5%; 1,863,095 boxes).

Of these exports, 56% are destined for the U.S., 10% to Latin America, 24% to Europe, and 9% to Asian markets.

Even though Peru is expected to export fewer grapes this season year-on-year, until week 51 of 2023, the country had exported 23% more than the same period last year. 


The export period out of Brazil lasted until week 52, the last of 2023. The South American country exported a total of 5,473 containers. Of the total volume, 3,923 of the containers were shipped into the EU and 1,453 into the U.S.A.


Reports out of Chile show that shipments to the U.S. started four weeks earlier than last season and unit week 51 of 2023, it had already exported 1,279,642 boxes. 

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Peruvian Grape Exports to U.S. are Up 33 Percent from Last Season

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As of the first week of November, Peruvian grape exports to the U.S. totaled 10,295 tons, up 33 percent from 2022. The leading Peruvian exporters at this point are Ecosac Agrícola S.A.C., with 16 percent, and Sociedad Agrícola Rapel S.A.C., with 9 percent.

Also as of the first week of November, Peruvian grape shipments totaled 26,581 tons, 12 percent more than the same week last year.

With this, to date, shipments have already reached 111,521 tons, which has placed this season 54 percent ahead of last year, as reported by

The early November totals revealed product was exported to 32 destinations, of which 3 accounted for 67 percent of all shipments. These were the U.S. with 39 percent of the volume, followed by the Netherlands with 20 percent, and the UK with 9 percent.

Shipments to the Netherlands totaled 5,246 tons, which was 22 percent higher than the same week last year. The leading Peruvian exporters were Ecosac Agrícola S.A.C., with 27 percent, and Pura Fruit Company S.A.C., with 8 percent.

To the UK, shipments of Peruvian grapes totaled 2,376 tons, which meant an increase of 2 percent compared to 2022. The most prominent exporters were Sociedad Agrícola Rapel S.A.C., with 19 percent, and Ecosac Agrícola S.A.C., with 18 percent.

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Peruvian Exports of Grapes Projected to be Down 9% this Season

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The Peruvian Producers and Exporters Association (Provid) forecasts a 9 percent decline in grape exports for the 2023-24 season. If the prediction holds this would amount to about 65 million 18-pound boxes.

As of November 1, Peru had exported 14 million boxes, about 28% of the total projection. Some 38 percent of Peruvian grapes are exported to the U.S.

Provid blames most of the decline on adverse weather including El Niño Costero, resulting in heavy rains and flooding in Peru’s northern coastal regions.

There also was cyclone Yaku which brought similar conditions to Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque, some of the main producing regions in the country.

The U.S. continues to be the leading destination for Peruvian grapes, in part because the U.S. domestic production is currently lower than expected.

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Exports of Peruvian Grapes to Get Early Start in September

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The first table grapes of the 2023-2024 Peruvian season should start in September, when the campaign normally starts in October, according to Agraria. This will be an earlier started compared to a year ago.

Cyclone Yaku in March resulted a lot of rainfall. which generated the proliferation of fungi in the vine plants on the northern Peruvian coast, which would cause a lower production of fruit in that area of the country.

A different situation can be seen in the Ica region, where the heat caused the bud to improve and advances the vegetative development of the fruit, so earlier grapes and higher production are also expected.

As Ica is the main producing region of table grapes in Peru and a higher production is projected, it is expected that the production (and export) of table grapes by Peru in the 2023-2024 campaign will be higher than the previous campaign.

There will be fewer table grapes in the North.

From January to mid-July of this year, table grape exports from Peru grew in volume 16 percent (close to 45,000 more tons) compared to the same period in 2022.

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Sweet Globe is now the top exported grape variety by Peru, Surpassing Red Globe

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The 2022-23 Peruvian table grape season is continuing to show signs of varietal change, with Sweet Globe taking the throne as the most exported cultivar this season, according to Agraria.

With over 16 million 18-pound boxes shipped to date and an almost 40% increase year-on-year from 11.5 million boxes exported in 2021-22, Sweet Globe surpassed the market staple Red Globe by over 2 million boxes.

The Autumn Crisp and Allison cultivars follow, with 6.8 and 5.9 million boxes exported respectively for the 2022-23 season.

Agro exporter company Safco Peru reports this is the first time in 20 years the Red Globe loses its crown, with market trends now pointing to a rise in white seedless varieties.

Additionally, weather, logistic and political issues in late 2022 and early 2023 caused some of the late deals to be lost.

Safco Peru estimates 700,000 boxes were lost due to the blockades in Ica during January and another significant amount -more difficult to estimate- of what was going to be the late harvest in Piura, due to the heavy rains that had been falling in the region for more than a month.

The company expects traditional varieties to continue a downward trend, while green licensed varieties are projected to continue to rise boosted by a major growth in the Autumn Crisp cultivar.

The Peruvian Association of Table Grape Producers and Exporters’ (Provid) second crop estimate for the 2022-2023 season projects exports at 73 million boxes, a 13% increase year-on-year.

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Peruvian Table Grape Exports to the U.S. are Increasing this Season

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Peruvian grape exports were off to a good start in October, as shipments abroad totaled $98.1 million, reflecting a growth of 29 percent compared to the same month in 2021 ($76.2 million), according to Gestion, citing statistics from the Association of Exporters (Adex).

For the 2022-23 season, the U.S. ($27.5 million) positioned itself as the largest market, receiving 28 percent of the total, reflecting an increase of 164 percent. In second place was the Netherlands ($17.01 million) with a share of 17 percent, reflecting a decrease of 33 percent.

They were followed by the UK ($10.7 million), Mexico ($5.7 million), and Canada ($5 million). Hong Kong, China, Spain, Colombia, and South Korea completed the top ten.

There is some concern political unrest in Peru could threaten exports. Peru’s agricultural industry is losing some $100 million a day as a result of political unrest, says Luis Fernando Helguero, the nation’s minister of foreign trade and tourism.

According to the ADEX Data Trade Business Intelligence System, grape shipments totaled $690.2 million from January to October 2022, reflecting an increase of 14.5 percent compared to the same period in 2021 ($602.8 million).

Its largest destination was the U.S. (about $310.5 million), followed by Hong Kong ($70.7 million), the Netherlands ($65.2 million), China ($50.9 million) and Mexico ($36.6 million).

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Since 2019 Peru Has Been the Top Global Exporter of Blueberries

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Peru will continue to be the world’s main exporter of blueberries in 2022 for the fourth year in a row, as reported by Andina, based on projections by the Association of Peruvian Exporters (Adex).

In 2021, Peruvian blueberry exports reached $1.221 billion, reflecting a 172 percent increase of the previous year.

Expectations for the current year are based on good performance in the season thus far and the distance created from the second largest blueberry exporter (Spain), whose share is half of what Peru has recorded.

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Peruvian Grape Exports Seen Increasing by 8% This Season

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Peruvian grape production and exports will have a significant increase this season, according to the USDA.

In the USDA’s annual report on Peruvian deciduous fruit estimated grape production in Peru will reach 766,000 metric tons in marketing year 2022-23, an increase of 7% compared with last season.

The USDA said Peruvian grape exports are forecast to reach a record 586,000 metric tons in 2022-23, 8% higher than a year ago. The U.S. will continue to be the lead export market, the USDA said.

In calendar year 2021, the U.S. imported 204,849 metric tons of Peruvian grapes, followed by the Netherlands with 86,846 metric tons and Hong Kong with 41,225 metric tons.

The country has a dry coast where daily temperatures consistently range between 57 degrees to 86 degrees Fahrenheit and over 12 hours of sunlight per day, year-round, the report said. That makes the region ideal for grape production.

“These conditions, combined with precision irrigation, enable Peru to mature vines 55% faster than in neighboring countries,” the report said. Grape production is mainly located in Ica (41%) and Piura (22%), with total area under cultivation is estimated at near 84,000 acres. The grape harvesting season in Peru begins in late October and ends in April.

The red globe variety continues to be the most produced (25%) grape due to consumer preference in the Chinese market, the USDA report said.

However, the report said the red globe variety has been losing ground to higher value varieties such as Sweet Globe (18%), Allison (7%), Autumn Crisp (6%), Sweet Celebration (5%), crimson seedless (5%), Jack’s Salute (4%) and Timpson (4%).

Fresh table grapes are one of the top produce exports by value for Peru, the USDA said, with 2021 export value of $1.25 billion up 23% compared with 2020.

The overall export market averaged $2,436 per metric ton for Peruvian grape exports, 4% higher than in 2020. Prices for the U.S. market averaged $2,540. Peruvian grape exports to the U.S. peak between December and January due to seasonally higher prices.

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Peru Forecast to Export 11% More Table Grapes During 2022-2023 Season

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Peru is predicted to export 71.5 million boxes of table grapes this season, an 11 percent growth compared to last season, according to Agraria, based on figures from the Association of Producers of Table Grapes of Peru (Provid).

Peru is now the second largest exporter of the fruit globally.

“This shows that the Peruvian industry has been able to respond to the demand of the more than 50 international markets it reached with a diversified and quality offering, which makes us recognized as highly reliable suppliers,” said Provid.

The association noted that some of the factors supporting this growth are the extended production window, which begins with Red Globe in June and ends in March, followed by seedless grapes in September until March in Inca and April in Piura.

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Peru is Forecasting an 11% Increase increase in Grape Exports for 2022-23 Season

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Peruvian table grape exports for the 2022-23 season are predicted to increase by 11 percent to 71.5 million boxes equivalent to 8.2 kilograms each, according to Provid, the country’s table grape export association.

Besides volume increase, Peru has expanded its production season, which begins with the Red Globe in June and ends in March, covering almost the entire year. In Piura the seedless grapes start in September, following along the Peruvian coast until March in Ica, culminating with the second harvest in Piura in April.

Peru exported 64 million boxes of table grapes in the 2021-22 season, an increase of 13 percent compared to the 57 million boxes sent during previous season.

White seedless accounted for 42 percent of exports in 2021-22, up 37 percent from the previous season, followed by Red seedless (28 percent, +14 percent), as well as Red Globe (25 percent, -7percent) and Black seedless (3 percent, -20 percent).

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