Chilean grape variety turnover, exports expected to fall 7.7% this season

The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) Fresh Grapes Committee has released its second assessment for the 2022/23 season, according to the ASOEX website. Total exports are expected to be 68.6 million cases (8.2kg/case), down 7.7% from the 2021/22 season.

In early October, the Fresh Grapes Committee had forecast a 4.9% year-on-year decrease in exports in its first assessment. In response, ASOEX President Iván Marambio explained that although the second assessment was revised downward by 2.8% from the first, the latest assessment showed an increase in exports of new varieties. This is not only compared to the previous assessment, but is also related to shipments of traditional varieties and Red Globe, indicating that the industry is undergoing a variety turnover, which explains the drop in total shipments.

In terms of varieties, exports of new varieties are expected to exceed 36.74 million cases, followed by 20.37 million cases of traditional varieties and 11.49 million cases of Red Globe. In terms of grape appearance, the number of white grapes increased and will reach 24.01 million cases, with varieties mainly Thompson Seedless and Sugraone; red grapes are expected to be 26.63 million cases, with new supplies including Crimson Seedless, Flame Seedless and Perlon; black varieties reached 6.47 million cases , with new varieties including Autumn Royal and Black Seedless.

The Fresh Grape Commission said that compared to the previous season, exports of Chilean fresh grapes will be down in all export destinations, with the U.S. expected to be down 1 percent, Asia down 9 percent, and Europe down 27 percent.

The U.S. will continue to be the main export destination for Chilean fresh grapes, with an expected export volume of 38.62 million cases. This is followed by 14.8 million cases of exports from Asia and 9.12 million cases from Europe, with the remaining 6.06 million cases to be exported to other markets.

A total of four assessments of fresh grape exports will be made by the Fresh Grape Commission this season, with the next two assessments to be made in late November and December, respectively, with export volumes assessed based on weather conditions, logistics freight rates, labor conditions and global logistics conditions.

Source: International Fruit and Vegetable Report

Post time: Nov-01-2022