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Peru sees sustained double-digit growth


After 28% growth in exports in 2014, Peru also increases its environmental and social commitment

The carbon footprint is a key feature in food exports from Peru. It is a management tool that enables companies to become more competitive and improve their market position by creating an attribute that sets them apart in what they have to offer.

In this vein, this year PromPerú has implemented new sustainability criteria to apply to export companies. Work has been done on the carbon footprint in a pilot project to measure companies in the agricultural export sector, specifically for asparagus and citrus. The project is backed by ECLAC and IDB/SECO. These measurements will enable companies to start their plans to mitigate the effects of pollution.

This is proving successful in the sense that companies are starting to work on projects to identify their water footprint, especially in the valleys of the Peruvian coast where water is a factor that limits production. Moreover, it should be noted that ethical trade and social responsibility is inherent in producing Peruvian agricultural exports. All Peruvian companies are engaged in implementing it, supporting their actions with international and bilateral certifications with their clients.

Quality synonymous with reliability 

Peruvian companies are proving to be increasingly committed to maintaining the highest quality in fruit and vegetables for export. The trustworthiness of Peruvian fruit is being recognized by the international markets, which are showing this with greater demand for Peruvian products.

Peru’s presence grows in international markets

According to AGAP, exports from the Peruvian agricultural sector have doubled in the past five years. In the first 10 months of 2014, exports came to US$ 2.963 billion for an estimated 1.67 million net tons, which means a rise of 23% over the same period last year. In this sense, vegetable shipments will have risen by the end of the year by 28% and fruit by 30%. Growth is expected to exceed $US 2 billion, with the fruit sector more dynamic than vegetables.

Main markets

As for precedents in 2013, shipments were made for more than US$ 1 billion to 39 markets, 14 more than five years before and 30 more than ten years before. There are relatively new destinations such as Thailand (US$ 0.7 million in 2009 / US$ 23 million in 2013), South Korea (US$ 36 thousand in 2009 / US$ 15 million in 2013) and Panama (US$ 1 million in 2009 / US$ 7 million in 2013).


This is an abbreviated version of an article which appeared on p90 of edition 135 of Eurofresh Distribution magazine. Read the full article for free here.




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Peru’s blueberry exports up 230%

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Peru exported 1,226 tons of blueberries in the first nine months of this year – more than double its shipments for the same period in 2013.

According to Peruvian government agency Sierra Exportadora, the country’s blueberry exports from January–September were worth nearly US$ 12 million (FOB price)– up from just over $4 million for the same months last year.

With its busiest blueberry export months being September, October and November, it anticipates a year end total of $40 million. Peru’s blueberry exports totalled 1,349 tons last year, with a value of just over $15 million. It ships to countries including the US, UK, Holland and Hong Kong.

Referring to it as the “fruit of the century”, the agency said Peru aspires to becoming a major world blueberry supplier. Earlier this year the agency launched a project to establish raspberry production in the Cajamarca region, tipped by some to soon become Peru’s berry capital.


source: Sierra Exportadora


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Peru: Ambitious projects at Camposol

Camposol: First anniversary of "The Berry That Cares"

Peruvian farming enterprise Camposol has ambitious plans lined up for the next three years.                 Through a total investment volume of 250 million, they plan to diversify and extend the crops they currently grow, including, in order of importance: avocado, asparagus, grapes, blueberries, mangoes, artichokes, peppers, citruses and pomegranates. The firm is channelling 150 million dollars into the region’s most ambitious blueberry product ever, while the rest will be invested in maintenance and extending the company’s traditional plantations. Among these latest projects the most notable are for grape, citruses and asparagus. Camposol currently has 400 ha of Red Globe grape, the most important seeded variety in Peru. 200 new hectares will be sown with seedless grape. For their citrus farming operation, the mandarin groves will be increased from 100 to 500 ha. A significant renewal of asparagus fields is also lined up to replace part of the 2000 ha which are now more than 7-8 years old.  But without a doubt their greatest gambit will be the berry operation. “We opted for blueberry because Peru has a production window from September to October which is not sufficiently serviced by producer countries at the moment”, assures Commercial Manager José Antonio Gómez Bazán. “So far we have planted out 200 ha in Chavimochic / La Libertad, and hope to reach 2,000 hectares in the next three years. To achieve this target, we will be sowing 500 new hectares in 2014, 650 in 2015 and another 650 in 2016.”  The project aims to export 30,000 tons of blueberries annually, which is twice the amount currently produced by Argentina and Uruguay together. So far, the blueberry crops are very young: Between 1 and 2 years old. “Whereas last year we exported 1000 tons, we are set to double this figure in 2014. By 2015 we’ll be in full production with 5,000 tons, which will triple in 2016, and we shall continue to grow until by 2020, when we expect to reach the maximum volume anticipated”, he adds. The main markets for their fruit are the USA, the UK, Germany and the Nordic countries. Additionally, Camposol is planning regular blueberry shipments to Hong Kong and China, while exploring new cool treatment technologies with this in mind. The main challenge is labour, as developing the new plantations will mean increasing the stable workforce from 14,000 to 25,000. To this end, Camposol is creating a new residential project in Trujillo with quality housing for the workers. The company’s aim is to provide steady work for the region’s population while furthering the social development and infrastructure of the local community, in line with the corporate strategy of social responsibility.