Estimated 22% fall in Italy’s kiwi production in 2017/18 due to April frosts
According to the latest figures from the Italian Fresh Produce Service Centre (CSO), Italy’s kiwifruit production for 2017/18 is estimated at approximately 370,000 tons, 22% lower than the previous (abundant) campaign, mostly due to severe frosts in April. Approximately 73% of Italy’s kiwifruit production is exported, 20% is consumed domestically, and 7% goes to industry.
While Hayward is the main green variety produced, it is followed increasing by yellow varieties (G3, Jintao, Soreli, and Dori’). Lower output is estimated in Veneto (-46%), Lazio (-38%), Piemonte (- 29%), and Emilia-Romagna (-12%). Quality is expected to be excellent. Production area stands at 26,576 hectares (+3.3%), thanks to new investments in the sector, especially in yellow varieties. The decreased area in Piemonte (-4%) due to root asphyxia is expected to be offset by increases in Calabria (+5%) and Campania (+5%). Kiwifruit area is expected to remain unchanged in Emilia Romagna and Veneto.
In 2016/17, Italy exported 334,906 tons of kiwi, 20% less than in 2015/16, mostly due to reduced shipments to the major markets of Germany (-16%), Spain (-24%), and the US (-39%). In the same year, Italy imported 64,439 tons of kiwi, 23% more than in the previous year, mainly due to increased volumes from Greece (+82%) and Belgium (+61%).
Italian kiwi exports 2015-2017