2020 will be Spain’s first full season shipping table grapes to Vietnam, after gaining access in 2018 and completing successful trial shipments in 2019. Fepex reports that the first shipment of grapes from the Murcia departed for Vietnam on 9 July. Spain represents a new source of table grapes in the June-October window. Trade missions have involved Spanish grape producers (Moyca, El Ciruelo, Frutas Esther, Uniland, Frutas Torero and Hispagroup) visiting Vietnam, and reciprocal visits to Spain made by Vietnamese importers.
First full campaign for Spanish grapes in Vietnam commences
South Korea becomes major grape exporter while Chinese exports recover
China’s grape production is predicted to rise 9% to 10.8 million tons, as the country bounces back from last year’s severe frosts. Record exports of 360,000 tons are predicted, with higher shipments to the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. Imports are estimated to fall by 10% to 27,000 tons, due to reduced shipments from top suppliers Chile, Peru, and the US. Small deliveries from the EU have commenced following recent market access for Spain and Portugal. However, the US remains China’s top Northern Hemisphere supplier.
Global grape output climbs 4% despite EU losses
The global 2019/20 grape crop is projected to grow 4% to 23.4 million tons, thanks to rebounding China supplies, according to USDA/FAS data. However, exports are expected to shrink slightly as lower shipments from India and the US more than offset gains from China and Mexico. China’s output is predicted to climb 9% to 10.8 million tons, as vineyards recover from last year’s severe frost. Rebounding supplies are expected to drive exports to a record 360,000 tons, as higher shipments to the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Vietnam facilitate China’s continuing upward trend.
Chile’s grape exports remain stable despite drought
Chile’s table grape planted area in 2019/20 remained stable at 47,834 ha, as did production (835,000 tons) despite the country going through an 11-year drought period, which has intensified in MY2019/20. According to USDA estimates, Chile exports around 80% of all table grape production. Grape exports for the 2019/20 season are forecast to reach 657,000 tons, practically unchanged from 2018/19.
Chile’s grape exporters turn disaster into success
A couple of months ago, Chile’s grape sector was looking at a potentially disastrous campaign, given the loss of the lucrative Chinese market. However, suppliers wasted no time in finding other markets and has successfully diverted supplies to the EU and the US. In fact, shipment volumes of Chilean grapes to the EU are up 40%, while exports to the US have risen by 7% from the same period last year. Exporters have also been aided by the weak Chilean peso, which has made its products relatively cheaper for overseas traders.
Chinese grape sector develops
China’s 2019/20 table grape imports are estimated to be down almost 5% to 250,000 tons, due to the improved quantity and quality of the domestic crop. China’s main sources for grape imports are in the Southern Hemisphere (Chile, Peru and Australia) during the off-season, while the US is traditionally China’s main grape supplier in the Northern Hemisphere. However, the trade dispute with the US has led China to grant access to Spanish and Portuguese grapes.
Australia prepares for record grape harvest
Australia expects a record table grape crop in 2019/20, with output up 14% to 240,000 tons, according to FAS data. The main factor is the growth in production area due to the profitability of the fruit and strong demand in recent years. Vine plantings are increasing by about 20% each year, which will lead to further growth as young plants reach maturity. Growing conditions were not ideal, with droughts across many production areas. Nevertheless, high returns offset the water costs.
EU grape crop production continues to fall
FAS EU reports that the EU is set for a 14% fall in its grape crop in 2019/20 (June/May), mainly due to a fall in the main producing country, Italy, where output fell 25% due to heavy rains during flowering. Production is also down in Romania (-12%) and Greece (-1.4%), while the crops are larger this year in France (+10.3%), Bulgaria (+9.2%), and Portugal (+1.2%). Volumes in Spain are expected to remain flat.