Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports exceeded $2.8 billion from January to July 2021, a rise of 26 percent over the same period last year, according to the Association of Peruvian Exporters (ADEX).
Global fruit imports reached $138 billion in 2020 (an increase of $3 billion compared to 2019) and vegetable imports reached $75 billion (an increase of $2 billion compared to 2019).
ADEX stated to Andina.pe that fruit exports, including fresh, frozen, canned and dried, amounted to $2.321 billion through July of this year.
Avocados stood out with $925 million, followed by grapes with $538 million, mangoes with $346 million, tangerines with $167 million, and blueberries.
The U.S. was the main destination for Peruvian fruit exports totaling $681 million, accounting for 29 percent of total sales. It was followed by the Netherlands with $581 million, Spain, Chile, the UK, China, South Korea, Canada, and Russia.
Vegetable exports amounted to $480 million though July of this year, an increase of 15.1 percent.
Asparagus stood out with $260 million, followed by artichokes $58 million, ginger $43 million, onions $33 million, and olives $23 million.
The U.S. was again the main destination with $235 million, followed by Spain with $61 million, the Netherlands with $33 million, France with $19 million, and the UK, among others.
In 2020, the U.S. and Germany were the main world importers of fruit and vegetables.