The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way the produce and food industries operate in Southeast Asia, just as elsewhere. However, the experiences are different everywhere, proving once again, we’re not all in it together.
According to USDA projections, Mexican tomato exports will reach a new all-time high in 2021.
Peru’s avocado exports for the 2020-21 season will be larger than previous projections.
Peru has become the world’s largest blueberry exporter in a short time, and its growers have big growth plans for this season.
Mexico saw an increase in tomato export value of 20.6 percent in 2020 over the previous year, totaling $2.6 billion and breaking its own record.
According to data from the Agricultural Markets Consultant Group, Mexican fruit and vegetable exports increased by 13.3 percent in volume and 13.5 percent in value during the first four months of 2021.
U.S. produce exporters over the years have often moved away from the UK and other EU markets, in favour of Latin & Central America and Asia. As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, it will be interesting to see if the UK market comes back on to the U.S. radar.
Peruvian produce exports rose 16.4% in the first quarter of 2021, led by massive grape growth.
The Guatemalan Produce Trade Association’s website now showcases importer and member videos for retailers and foodservice to meet the importers and industry service providers working to market top quality fruits and vegetables.
A growing trend in the Southern Hemisphere continues in the 2020/2021 season with a 20 percent increase in blueberry supply and more than 311,000 tons exported.