Revised Chilean grape forecast shows uptick in volume

From The Packer | 13 January 2023

Overview of grapes from Chile in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on January 12, 2023. 

A fourth export forecast for Chilean grapes shows a 1.2% increase from the previous forecast, according to a news release.

The Table Grape Committee of ASOEX (Chilean Fruit Exporters Association) said Chilean grape exports in 2022-23 will total 555,483 tons, equivalent to 67.742 million (8.2kg) boxes, up 1.2% from the December estimate. While the 2022-23 season estimate is slightly higher than December’s estimate, it is down 8.9% from the 2021-22 season.

“Our new estimate shows a slight increase from December, driven by an increase in exports of new varieties, especially white and red, versus a decrease in shipments of traditional varieties,” ASOEX President Iván Marambio said in the release. “It’s great news that the industry’s commitment to varietal renewal is beginning to be seen in our shipments because consumers will be able to enjoy better-tasting, higher-quality Chilean grapes.”

grape volumes by origin 2

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

The committee’s coordinator, Ignacio Caballero, said in the release that new varieties will account for almost 37 million boxes, while traditional varieties, including red globe, will make up around 31 million boxes this season.

“More than 50% of grape exports will consist of new varieties, especially in white and red grapes,” Caballero said in the release. “The new white varieties will exceed 13 million boxes, black varieties 4 million boxes and red varieties 18 million.”

Arra 15, Timpson, Sweet Globe, Autumncrisp, Blanc Seedless and Cotton Candy are among the main new white varieties, according to the release. The standout black varieties include Sweet Favors, Sable Seedless, Sweet Sapphire, Maylen and Midnight Beauty, while Timco, Allison, Sweet Celebration, Scarlotta Seedless, Arra 29, Jack Salute, Candy Hearts and Ralli Seedless are among the main players for newer red varieties, the release said.

North America will continue to be the main destination for Chilean grapes, taking around 37.2 million boxes, followed by Asia with almost 14 million boxes and Europe with 9 million boxes.

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