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Peru and Chile smash blueberry export records

Peru and Chile smash blueberry export records

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Peru remained the world’s number-one source of blueberries in 2020, achieving a record export year in the process. The value of Peru’s blueberry shipments surpassed the US$1 billion mark, a jump of 23.4% on 2019, according to trade agency Adex, whose representative Lizbeth Pumasunco said, “From August to November we have an advantage, because the US and Canada do not harvest because it is winter, and in the case of Chile and Mexico they do not start their campaigns.”

Chile also shipped a record 118,225 tons of blueberries in 2020/21, up 8.2% on the previous year. The higher volume was due to an increase in planted area, the replacement of old plants with newer, more productive varieties and the introduction of the Systems Approach for exports from the Ñuble and Biobío regions, which enabled more fruit to be exported fresh rather than frozen.

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Jump in Peru’s citrus exports 

Jump in Peru’s citrus exports 
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On the back of the pandemic, Peru exported 37% more citrus in 2020  than in 2019, with shipments reaching 244,000 tons, worth US$262 million, according to data released by the country’s Foreign Trade Research and Development Institute (Idexcam). 

In a statement, Idexcam said: “There is a growing demand for citrus, especially mandarins, due to their antioxidant properties and high content of vitamin C which strengthens the  immune system, creating a rebound of global  commercialisation.”

Mandarin exports were up 36% y-o-y to $250.4 million, with the main market being the US, followed by the Netherlands ($15 million), Canada ($17.8 million), China  ($15.7 million) and Russia ($13.2 million).

 

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Migiva Group Differentiates Premium Table Grape Offer

Migiva Group Differentiates Premium Table Grape Offer
PRESS RELEASE

One of South America’s foremost table grape growers is trialing a promising post-harvest application from Hazel Technologies to deliver an even superior consumer experience.

LIMA, PERU – 09 MARCH 2021 – In line with its commitment to supplying the freshest, most fabulous and flavorful fruit, Migiva Group – a family-owned group of diversified companies in the Americas and owner of fresh produce grower-exporter Agricola Andrea – is excited to reveal its strategic partnership with Hazel Technologies Inc. in the USA to trial the post-harvest application Hazel® for grapes on a commercial scale.

Over the last year, the two companies have been researching and developing the product which has the potential to deliver significant added value for quality-obsessed Agricola Andrea in delivering table grapes of the very highest quality standard to its high-end markets.

In particular, Hazel® for grapes has shown to favor the post-harvest quality and condition of table grapes, thereby prolonging shelf-life, reducing dehydration and improving the fruits visual appearance.

Following positive trials last season, the product is being  trialed commercially this season (2020-2021) on exports of Agricola Andrea’s table grapes from Peru destined for Asia primarily, as well as Europe, the UK, the USA, and Canada, among other destinations.

Eduardo Mazzini, Commercial Director of Migiva Group, explains: “In this business, and especially for the high-end markets that we serve, nothing is more important than the perfection of the fruit and its eating experience. We dont just sell fruit; we sell an extraordinary eating experience! We are passionate about distinguishing ourselves with the best quality fruit.”  

Mazzini continues: “If proven to be successful on a commercial scale, Hazel® for grapes could be very significant for us and our industry. Based on our trial results we believe that Hazel® favors the grapes post-harvest. The fruit keeps fresher for longer; the stems look greener, as if they were not long ago harvested. This is key because the condition of the stems is a known indicator of freshness in grapes.”

Martin Roeder, Latin America Sales Manager, Hazel Technologies, comments: “Our growth in Peru has been fantastic in our first year of commercial operation. Our ultimate goal is to allow our customers to provide the highest quality fruit, decrease food waste, and increase sales. For post-harvest protection in grapes, there is no solution simpler than Hazel®.”

Quality comes first for innovative Agricola Andrea, a well-known and long-standing producer-exporter in Peru that focuses on delivering a superior consumer eating experience through unparalleled quality, specialty varieties and best farming practices. For grapes, Agricola Andrea only plants varieties bred by IFG (International Fruit Genetics), and is among the largest growers of IGF table grapes in the Southern Hemisphere.

Just one year ago, the group began testing Hazel® for grapes on a handful of its grape shipments and within its cold storage units.

Mazzini comments: “The tests last season were not enough to be conclusive but enough to move forward to commercial trials. The results are consistent with a better appearance of the fruit during post-harvest, and the lifespan of the fruit is seemed to be prolonged by about one week, although this is not conclusive yet at a large commercial scale.”

For now, Migiva’s partnership with Hazel Tech will focus solely on the Hazel® for table grapes technology but the progressive group is open to further collaboration in the future.

Mazzini notes: “It will be interesting to see where this project leads us to. Hazel Tech® is very keen on innovation and so are we!”

 

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Spanish citrus and persimmon gain access to Peruvian market

Spanish citrus and persimmon gain access to Peruvian market
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Peru has authorised imports of Spanish citrus and persimmon, providing a welcome boost for Spanish producers. Peru’s Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) authorised imports of fresh mandarins, oranges and persimmon that have been subjected to cold treatment. Spain’s Agriculture Ministry said the move opens the door for exports of other products to Peru and other regional markets. Midagri said exports will be able to start once cold treatment processes have been verified.

 

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Peruvian agri industrial sector is planning to resume normal operations after one week of disruptions in some important production areas

Peruvian agri industrial sector is planning to resume normal operations after one week of disruptions in some important production areas
Press release & logo by: AGAP

Since last Monday, November 30th, the valleys of Ica and Chao experienced the interruption of its operations due to road blockages. As a consequence, harvest and packing of table grapes, blueberries and asparagus were delayed for a few days and are now expected to return to projected levels of export.

The main claim in the unrest has been the use by some companies of third-party worker contractors acting as intermediaries. The demand has been that these operators – which are not supervised by the government labour inspection bureau -, have not provided all the benefits that the law establishes. New social demands have also been included, such as pay increases and the abolishment of the law that promotes Peruvian agriculture. As a consequence of these claims, Congress voted that a redraft of the Agricultural Promotion Law should be presented in two weeks.

AGAP has publicly condemned non-compliance of labour laws, exhorted the government to maintain the rule of law, and requested government´s labour inspection institutions to increase its scope of control. AGAP has also made itself available to government for helping create a new legal framework that should not only improve working conditions and formalization in the industry, but greatly increase the scope of inclusiveness and progress in small farmlands and peasant life.

The agri industrial companies which are part of the modern agriculture, represented by AGAP, employ more than 300,000 workers, and have helped to drastically reduce Peru´s poverty rate, while providing jobs with access to health and pension benefits, and a safe environment at work. AGAP has emphasized that the problem is not being caused by the companies that are acting under the law but by informal ones acting outside of it, and were government institutions have failed to supervise and sanction. The group of companies incorporated in AGAP have also enhanced the fact that export companies need to comply with international certifications audited by Global Gap, Grasp, SMETA and/or Rainforest Alliance among others, which enforce meeting social and ethical standards as a requirement for accessing the most competitive markets in the world.

According to the National Statistics Office, in 2019 the rate of formal employment in agriculture was 98% in companies with more than 100 employees, compared to just 1% for the rest of the sector, an astonishing difference. Most of the companies that are involved in agri export are modern operations with large personnel, that had paused operations to safeguard its workforce.

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Peru is the guest country of honor at Asia Fruit Logistica ON 2020

Peru is the guest country of honor at Asia Fruit Logistica ON 2020
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Asia is the third biggest market for the Peruvian agri-food export industry.

Grapes, cranberries, avocados and mandarins are the top fresh Peruvian products imported by Asia.

Lima, 17 November 2020. Peru will once again be the Official Partner Country at the virtual edition of the ‘Asia Fruit Logistica ON’ fresh food trade fair, considered to be the most important fair of its kind in Asia, which takes place from 18 to 20 November, according to PROMPERÚ, the Peruvian Commission for the Promotion of Exports and Tourism (PROMPERÚ).

The Peruvian delegation’s challenge will be to reach both the retail industry and the final consumer, and to do so it will roll out a variety of promotional campaigns in conjunction with the sector’s brand names: ‘Super Foods Peru’, ‘Coffees from Peru’ and ‘Pisco, Spirit of Peru’, thus firmly positioning Peruvian products in consumers’ minds.

The planned activities will include showcooking sessions to promote Peruvian gastronomy along with its food sector, and demonstrations of pisco-based cocktails.

In addition, a strategic partnership will be closed between the Singapore firm KOL and the ‘Super Foods Peru’ brand to develop recipes that feature Peruvian foodstuffs, which will be promoted by influencers Fiona Loh and Jamie Yeo to give consumers a closer insight in to Peruvian products, to encourage them to try out new flavors and show them how to make exciting new dishes.

This campaign will be replicated with all the KOLs: Mr. Tao, Mr. Nhong, Mr. Fahsai Fitness Trainer, Mr. Phatsakorn, Dr. Aut, Mr. Prot, Mr. Boat and Mr. Mike in Thailand, and with KOLs Tan Chia Yong and Clarence Wong in Malaysia.

The Peruvian delegation taking part in Asia Fruit Logistica ON will comprise Agrícola Chapi (grapes, asparagus, avocados, pomegranates), POMICA (pomegranates), AGUALIMA (cranberries, tangerines, avocados and asparagus), ASGLOBALFRES (mangos, mandarins, grapes, avocados, ginger and cranberries) and VISON’S PERU (cranberries, avocados,snow peas, pomegranates, citrus fruits, and mangos), the same companies that meet all the phytosanitary regulations demanded by the Asian nations and boast extensive experience in fresh food markets.

Peru has been taking part in this Asian trade fair for the last ten years, which has enabled it to penetrate this market with a number of products, including grapes, cranberries, avocados, mandarins and pomegranates, among others.

The Peruvian delegation enjoys the support of PROMPERÚ’s trade offices in Asia which work to increase the demand for Peruvian produce by opening up new markets by means of establishing strategic partnerships, signing new export protocols, and implementing tactical promotional campaigns aimed at both retailers and end consumers.

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Peru is currently one of the world’s top ten suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables. Asia is the third biggest market for Peruvian agri-food exports, accounting for 9% of the agri-food industry.

In recent years, products including cranberries, mangos, asparagus, citrus fruits and avocados have achieved phytosanitary certification in countries such as South Korea, China and Japan, leading to a greater demand for fresh produce from Peru in the Asian market. Between January and September this year, imports of fresh fruit and vegetables increased by 22% compared to 2019.

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Demand for organic ginger skyrockets due to the pandemic

Demand for organic ginger skyrockets due to the pandemic

In 2020, Peruvian ginger reached export levels never recorded before. The healthy properties and nutritional benefits of ginger, added to the decrease in supply from China, the world’s leading producer, resulted in a great opportunity for Peru, whose campaign coincided with the expansion of the health crisis.

Matthew Seeley, CEO of Organic Produce Network, highlighted this during the presentation “Resiliency and Rebound” at the last PMA Fresh Summit, “the fact that people have stayed at home led them to try new products, as was the case with organic ginger, whose sales soared during the pandemic.”

“By the end of September this year, 30,000 tons of ginger had been exported nationwide, while the volume exported throughout 2019 was 23,000 tons,” said Kristel Camargo, manager of the Peruvian company Elisur Organic SAC, dedicated to the production and marketing of organic ginger and turmeric. “Internal demand in China has resulted in a notably lower supply for export, which has translated into higher prices in international markets. It is estimated that the closing of the campaign, which is usually at the end of March, will be brought forward to February and, in a very optimistic demand scenario, it could even end in January. Prices had been rising strongly since September, until a few weeks ago, when companies generated stocks in their warehouses to avoid having constant price variations. This caused the price to stop its abrupt increases, and even started a downward trend. At present, prices remain stable with a slight downward trend, however the few volumes that remain in the fields would generate a new change in prices as the season ends.”

Elisur Organic will reach 4,000 tons of organic ginger in 2021-2022

Since its inception in 2016, Elisur Organic has become one of the five largest ginger exporters nationwide, reaching markets such as Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada. The projections are for further growth. For the 2020-2021 campaign, exports will reach 2,600 tons of fresh product, with expectations of about 4,000 tons in 2021-2022, from 200 hectares planted. Elisur Organic has a solid sustainability policy based on three pillars that reflects its attitude towards life and way of thinking. The first is the protection of nature. “Our activities are based on organic agriculture, on the proper and efficient use of resources, maintenance of fertility and recovery of the soils used, and the control of pests, diseases and weeds.” The second pillar is the development of people. “We trust in the talent of the people. We know that each professional has cultivated and learned specific skills in their area; which is why we are one of the few companies in this part of Peru that invests in trained and specialised personnel, health care and promotion of their personal and professional development.” All this effort is capitalised through the GRASP certification. The third pillar is economic growth. “Accessing foreign markets has helped us to increase the volume of production, improve the income margin, and have constant work throughout the year; all this has increased the jobs and improved the income conditions and quality of life of our partner farmers, having a positive impact on the economy of the central jungle of Peru.” Elisur Organic has been implementing the necessary conditions to certify as Fair Trade.

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Agrifood sector withstands general fall in Peruvian exports 

Agrifood sector withstands general fall in Peruvian exports 

Peru’s exports fell 13.6% in July, which was seen as a sign of hope after much greater drops in the previous months, due to the ongoing pandemic. The president of the Association de Exportadores (ADEX), Erik Fischer Llanos, said: “The worst was -50.6% in April, followed by -45.1% in May and -30.9% in June; so, in medical terms, we would say that the patient is still in a delicate situation.” 

The accumulated January-July volume of US$19.888 billion represents a fall of 24.4%. If the July figures become a trend for the next five months, it is possible that the year will end with a reduction of close to 20%.

“Exporting companies are not operating at the maximum of their productive capacity due to health factors. Some are gradually assimilating the higher costs involved in operating not only in difficult conditions in terms of logistics and certifications, but with lower levels of productivity, others stopped doing so,” said Fischer Llanos.

The great unknown is the behaviour of world demand due to the economic recession. The rate of recovery of Peru’s main markets and the sum of public-private efforts to promote shipments with added value will be the determining factors for the future of the sector.

Nevertheless, agro-exports continue to behave at a level very close to that of last year. In July, Peru’s exports in this category decreased by 5.5%. 

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Southern Hemisphere grapes withstand impact of pandemic

Southern Hemisphere grapes withstand impact of pandemic

The Southern Hemisphere exported 1.315 billion tons of grapes in the 2019/20 marketing year. Even though the Southern Hemisphere 2019-20 grape campaign was hit by the effects of the pandemic, by adapting rapidly, export levels remained fairly stable. Patented varieties are making significant progress compared to classic varieties. Peru’s growth continues, while Chile’s crop was smaller due to adverse weather, political and commercial conditions.

Chile is still the undisputed number one, but its primacy has been challenged in recent years. Chile’s share had dropped from 70% to around 45%. Climatic, structural, and commercial problems complicated business for the Chilean grape sector. Despite this, around 600,000 tons were exported, a volume only slightly lower than the previous year. New varieties and improvements in driving managed to partially compensate for the drought decline. The main market continues to be the US, which traditionally receives half of exports. Chilean companies have a long tradition and experience in the North American market and strong commercial ties with importers and large retail chains. This has not changed substantially in recent years. There was greater movement in the other destinations. Chile partially withdrew from Europe, having importance only towards the end of the campaign. Also Russia no longer buys the volumes of other years. But in contrast, Chile grew in Asia, a continent to which it sends a third of its shipments. With regard to varieties, Chile has reduced its dependence on Thompson and Flame Seedless. These contributed 40% of the shipments 10 years ago but currently only account for 18%. The share of Crimson and Red Globe has remained steady at 22% and 25% respectively. However, patented varieties have seen their exports double in the last year. Despite this progress, Chile was one of the last Southern Hemisphere countries to incorporate them.

In the 2019/20 campaign, Peru set a new export record of almost 400,000 tons. Part of the success is due to the strong shift in production towards new varieties. Initially, Peru produced Red Globe, a variety that contributed 80% of exports. But thanks to a great reconversion effort, the country no longer depends on the Globe Network, which currently only contributes a third of exports. Within the classics, Sugraone and Crimson are also major varieties. But patented ones like Sweet Globe, Sweet Celebration, Jack’s Salute, Timpson, and Allison have seen great progress, with exports increasing by 30-90% during the last year. These 5 contributed 24% of shipments in 2019/20.

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Dip in Peru’s agrifood exports

Dip in Peru’s agrifood exports © ADEX
© ADEX

 

Peruvian agro-exports (traditional and non-traditional) amounted to just over US$2.9 billion in the first semester of the year, representing a decline of 0.8% compared to the same period of 2019, reported the Association of Exporters (ADEX). Primary exports (US$132.39 million) fell 24% due to lower shipments of coffee and wool, while value-added exports climbed 0.7% to US$2.77 billion. Among the items that lost ground were asparagus, bananas, preparations used to feed animals, pomegranate, cocoa and blueberries), but there was particularly growth in exports of mango (+51%).

In order to contribute to the sector’s recovery and allow companies and producers to showcase the best of Peru’s products and develop contacts, ADEX will hold the Expoalimentaria virtual 2020 fair, from September 30 to November 15. It will be a great opportunity to do business with the main buyers in the world through a commercial platform.

In the first semester, traditional agricultural exports reached 43 destinations. The US and Germany were the leaders with a joint share of 42%, falling -17.7% and -27.9%, respectively. They were followed by Colombia, Belgium and Japan. Others like Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain and Sweden completed the top ten.

Agribusiness grew overall by 0.7%, with increases in the US, the Netherlands, Spain, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong and Canada, it registered declines in Ecuador and the United Kingdom. Other Asian markets such as China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia posted significant drops of -21%, -63%, -42.7% and -54.8%, respectively.