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.
The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association (PAIA) reports a 3% increase in volume year-over-year for 2020 imports.
Peruvian asparagus looks to rebound in 2021.
Southern Specialties, a leading grower, importer, processor and distributor of asparagus is ramping up its expanded Mexican asparagus deal.
Asparagus exporters from Peru have many reasons to point to for exports being down last year.
Overall market prices are lower on most commodities. Both supply and demand are less than in recent years, causing prices to plateau in the mid-range.
Customers that didn’t build inventory going into the holidays now need to replenish quickly. In a regular year, produce markets typically fall the first week of January.
Demand varies by region depending on the level of foodservice restrictions. The high level of activity in my hometown of North Palm Beach, FL, is a direct indication that New York is struggling.
Fresh produce market prices improved mid-week as expected. The post-Thanksgiving slowdown lasted the typical ten days, and prices improved after storage coolers were emptied again.
The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association encourages retailers to promote Peruvian asparagus throughout December 2020 and into the New Years’ holiday.