Decreased table grape production in Chile could lead to reduced exports


Decreased table grape production in Chile could lead to reduced exports

02/24/2020

According to Vanguard International, compared with last year, the yield fell by 12 million boxes or 98.4 thousand tons due to severe drought

World importer Vanguard International reported a reduction in the harvest of table grapes by almost 100 thousand tons.

According to suppliers, by the end of the 6th week, low volumes of harvested fruits in the future may lead to a reduction in imports during the year.

According to statistics from Vanguard International, compared with last year, the yield fell by 12 million boxes or 98.4 thousand tons due to severe drought. Also, the replacement of obsolete grape varieties with more demanded by the market had an impact, as many new vineyards have not yet entered the time of commercial fruiting.

Atakama producers this year collected 100 thousand boxes or 820 tons of seedless grapes. Harvest of green seedless Valparaiso grapes decreased by 30%. At the moment, the collection campaign did not end, and in the Metropolitan region the start of the campaign was postponed due to rains. About this writes FruitNews based on materials from The Vanguard International Group.

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Following the results of 6 weeks, Chilean suppliers exported 11.8 million boxes or 96.8 thousand tons of grapes. The pace of supply coincides with last year, a sharp decline is expected in March.

Chile table grapes exported for the 2019/20 season is projected to fall 1.6% year-on-year to 643 thousand tons equivalent to 78.5 million boxes against the backdrop of drought.

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