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Chilean table grape exports to grow nearly 30 percent this season

The first 2021-2022 grape export estimate has been presented by the ASOEX Table Grape Committee, based on 38 companies who represent 57.4 percent of the total exported.

Ronald Bown, President of ASOEX, told Simfruit that “in this first estimate for the table grape shipping season 2021-2022, we have predicted that Chile will export around 84.6 million standardized boxes of 8.2 kilos. This projection reflects an increase of 14.9 percent in relation to the 2019-2020 season, and an increase of 29.3 percent with respect to the 2020-2021 season, in which production was impacted by unexpected summer rains.”

Shipments of new varieties are expected to reach 35 million boxes, followed by 32 million of traditional varieties, and Red Globe with a little more than 17 million boxes.

“Our estimate, as well as the results of previous seasons, clearly show that the Chilean table grape industry is betting on producing new varieties, which have a better reception in the destination markets and allow improving the competitiveness of the national sector,” Bown said.

“Although there are traditional varieties such as Red Globe, our statistics show a continuous decline in their export volume. For example, 10 years ago our country exported more than 27 million boxes of Red Globe grapes, while today that volume has been reduced to about 17 million boxes”.

Chile is the main supplier of table grapes in the world, and grapes are one of the two main fruits, in terms of volume, shipped to international markets.

The industry plans to deliver a second estimate in mid-January 2022.

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