Table grapes: Peru volumes drop this season

From Fresh Fruit Portal | 10 January 2024

Overview of grapes from Peru in the US, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on January 10, 2024.

In the last few days, the Peruvian press has shared headlines concerning the table grape industry, that point in the same direction: the 2023-2024 grape export campaign started on a good footing. But is this really the case?

In response, Manuel Yzaga Dibós, president of the Peruvian Association of Table Grape Producers (Provid), released a brief video in which he implied that misleading news was spreading about the table grape industry in Peru; it was being made to believe that it was growing when what had happened was an early harvest and lower productivity due to the weather phenomenons that occurred (cyclone Yaku and El Niño).

So with this, will Peru continue to be the world champion in table grape exports?

grape volumes by origin

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

Benjamín Cillóniz, one of Peru’s main agricultural referents and general manager of Exportadora Safco Perú, says that the campaign in Ica is not over yet.

“If we consider that last season we had a loss that I estimated at 700 thousand boxes, due to road blockades, and as long as something does not happen that causes us to lose fruit that is about to be harvested, Ica should increase its exports at the end of the season. The worst thing for Ica has been the extreme paranoia that the El Niño phenomenon generated in local banks. Those of us who did not have good liquidity have had a hard time because the banks assumed that we were all going to do poorly, without making the correct differentiation; it has not been easy to obtain the financing that we obtained in past campaigns,” says Cillóniz.

Concerning the optimistic headlines in the Peruvian press, Benjamín explains that what is happening is that a comparison is being made with the previous season, in the same months and, due to the early harvest of the current season.

“2023 ended with a purely statistical, and in some cases, accounting increase, but not very practical or realistic when we analyze the situation of the industry,” says Cilloniz.

grape volumes by history

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

When analyzing the current season, everything seems to indicate that the northern zone of Peru will end up more affected than what was reported in initial projections; and it is unlikely that the south will harvest enough volume to reach the 72 million boxes of last season.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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