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Peru leads in blueberry and quinoa shipments, second in avocado and fresh asparagus

According to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), Claudia Cornejo, Peru managed to maintain its global leadership in various products in 2020 despite the current pandemic.

Cornejo told Agraria that Peru was the world leader in exports of blueberries (surpassing Chile for the first time) and quinoa, second in avocado, fresh asparagus, canned asparagus, and peeled chestnuts, and third in whole ginger.

Peru is also the world’s fourth largest exporter of grapes, mangoes, and fresh peas, fifth supplier of evaporated milk, sixth supplier of melon seeds, eighth exporter of cocoa beans and colorants of vegetable origin, and tenth supplier fresh garlic and canned citrus.

In 2020, agro-industrial exports exceeded $7.5 billion (+7 percent compared to 2019) and by 2021 the goal is to grow 6.7 percent indicated Cornejo.

The 6 main products exported in this sector were fresh grapes ($1.057 billion) and blueberries ($1.01 billion), followed by fresh avocados ($759 million), unroasted coffee ($645 million), fresh asparagus ($385 million), and fresh mangoes ($291 million).

The main destinations were the U.S., the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, Germany, and Ecuador. All of these countries, except Germany and Ecuador, have experienced growth in their purchases.

Last year also marked a record for ginger exports, reaching $105 million, reflecting a growth of 156 percent compared to the previous year.

Marco Campos is Media Coordinator, Latin America for Blue Book Services