Chilean prunes popular with Chinese market, exports this season may be the second highest in history

Chile’s fresh grape exports are expected to reach 70.6 million boxes (8.2 kg/box, same below) in the 2022/23 season, down 5.1% compared to the 2021/22 season, according to the latest report from the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex) in January.

The report was produced by the Asoex Fresh Grapes Committee based on information provided by 40 relevant Chilean producers and exporters nationwide, reports the PortalPortuario Chile website. Specifically, exports of red grapes, which are sought after by markets such as the United States and Asia, are expected to exceed 28 million boxes, green grapes will reach 23 million boxes and black grapes slightly more than 6 million boxes. In addition, exports of Red Globe grapes are expected to exceed 12 million cases.

Iván Marambio, president of Asoex, said, “Although the volume of fresh grapes exported this season is 5.1% lower than the previous season, the fruit is of the right sweetness and size, which guarantees the quality of the fruit in the hands of consumers.”

“At this stage, Chilean producers are working to produce new varieties of fresh grapes that are not only more acceptable to the export market, but also further ensure the quality of arrivals, thus better meeting consumer demand.” Marambio added.

Ignacio Caballero, marketing director of Asoex and coordinator of the Fresh Grapes Committee, said, “The 2021/22 season is one of the most complex seasons for the Chilean fresh fruit industry, especially for the fresh grapes sector. We are working to improve the industry’s international competitiveness by developing a strategic plan. Right now, Chile is still the main global supplier of fresh grapes, so we are going to move forward with greater force with this plan.”

On the other hand, Asoex also reported that Chilean D’Agen prune exports for the 2022/23 season are expected to be 508.5097 million cases (9 kg/case, same below), or 45,766 tons, down 13% compared to the 2021/22 season.

“Considering that last season, Chilean prune exports jumped 94% year-on-year, the export figures for this season are still very impressive. This is expected to be the second highest season for Chilean prune exports.” Caballero noted in particular that “prunes are very popular in the Chinese market, thanks to their sweetness and size. In addition, the prunes are available at the end of the carrion season, perfectly avoiding the peak of carrion exports.”

According to Caballero, the peak of Chilean prune exports this season is expected to come between the sixth and eighth weeks of 2023, when exports are expected to exceed one million cases per week.


Post time: Feb-10-2023