In the 2020-2021 season, Peruvian table grape exports reached 464,000 tons, reflecting an increase of 18 percent compared to the 392,000 tons exported the previous season.
That’s even before March 2021 has been counted, as last season’s figures cover April 2019 to March 2020.
Fernando Cilloniz Benavides, president of consulting firm Inform@ccion, explained that shipments from March for this season still need to be accounted for, which should amount to around 10,000 tons. These shipments will exceed $1 billion, he said, surpassing the previous season’s total of $927 million.
Benavides said the main grape producing and exporting regions in Peru are Ica and Piura, combined, representing 89.4 percent of the total grapes exported through Feb. 28.
During the 2020-2021 season, the Ica region exported 220,000 tons (until February), an increase of 13 percent over the 195,000 tons exported the previous season. Meanwhile, Piura exported 180,000 tons, an increase of 30 percent over the 140,000 exported the previous season.
This season, the main table grape exporters in Peru are Sociedad Agricola Rapel, El Pedregal, Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, Ecosac Agricola, and Agricola Andrea, among others.